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

Monday 16 June 2014

A pleasing variety

Back to trapping, and with a slightly cooler and less favourable night ahead compared to the two weekend nights, I wasn't expecting much.
Luckily the cloud stuck around, and so did the moths and again not a huge amount, but a nice array of new species for the year making it another 10 to add to the year list.

The majority of the catch was made up of Mottled Rustic (15) and Heart & Dart (34).

A nice splash of colour with Barred Yellow and Small Emerald featuring for the first time this year.

Privet Hawk-moth made up the size of the catch quite literally!

Catch Report - 15/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shaded Pug [NFY]

1x Small Emerald [NFY]
1x Buff Arches [NFY] 
1x Barred Yellow [NFY] 
2x Dark Arches [NFY]
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
2x Green Pug
1x Freyer's Pug
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Common Footman
1x Flame Shoulder 
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
15x Mottled Rustic
34x Heart & Dart
1x Grey Pug
1x Light Emerald
2x Brimstone Moth
4x Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Mottled Pug
3x Garden Carpet
6x Brown Rustic
4x Vine's Rustic
1x Common Swift
3x Mottled Beauty
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
10x Uncertain
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Treble Lines
2x Large Nutmeg

Micro Moths 

1x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x Aphelia paleana [NFY]
1x Bryotropha terrella [NFY]
3x Tortrix viridana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Epiphyas postvittana 
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Udea olivalis
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Scoparia ambigualis

Agapeta hamana

Aphelia paleana

Barred Yellow

Bryotropha terrella

Buff Arches

Dot Moth

Shaded Pug

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