Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 19 June 2014

A muggy and drizzly night

Not last night, but the previous night, after a nice warm day and highs of nigh on 23 degrees, the sky clouded over as I was just debating whether to run the trap on the third consecutive night...I did indeed as the conditions looked perfect.
A few more additions to the garden year list, Slender Pug and Teleiodes vulgella was the pick of the bunch.

Ingrailed Clay seems to have stopped now and Dark Arches is probably going to increase now, Bright-line Brown-eye still having a cracking year and 5 examples of Common White Wave is the most I have ever recorded in one trap before.
Also a second brood Engrailed was found on the side of the trap, the slightly early date of this second brood could suggest a third brood may be recorded in August.

Also of interest, I haven't recorded Pandemis cerasana or heparana this year yet (both recorded last year) but I got my first corylana last night, suggesting I may have missed these two common species this year.

Will try trapping again tonight, after a break last night (cool and clear)

Catch Report - 17/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Slender Pug [NFY]

1x Double Square-spot [NFY]
4x Dark Arches
3x Dot Moth
1x Green Pug
2x Freyer's Pug
2x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Common Footman

1x Engrailed  
2x Flame Shoulder  
12x Mottled Rustic  
22x Heart & Dart
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Flame
2x Grey Pug  
2x Light Emerald  
2x Marbled Minor
2x Green Silver-lines  
2x Garden Carpet  
7x Brown Rustic  
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Clouded Silver
1x Clouded Border
1x Spectacle
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Orange Footman
5x Common White Wave
1x Common Swift
1x Mottled Beauty
6x Bright-line Brown-eye
8x Uncertain
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Large Nutmeg

Micro Moths 

1x Epiblema uddmanniana [NFY]

1x Endotricha flammealis [NFY]
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla [NFY]
1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes vulgella [NFY]
5x Tortrix viridana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata

1 Emmelina monodactyla  
1x Epiphyas postvittana 
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Hedya nubiferana  
1x Udea olivalis
1x Udea prunalis  
3x Aphomia sociella  
4x Aleimma loeflingiana  
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella  
3x Scoparia ambigualis

Teleiodes vulgella

Pandemis corylana

Endotricha flammealis

Archips xylosteana

Slender Pug

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