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

Tuesday 3 June 2014

June already!

On Sunday night I trapped again after a nice weekend break away.
The weather was pretty much perfect with increasing cloud cover and the temperature hovering around high teens as it got dark.

Quite a few new for years featured in the catch of a modest amount of moths, given the perfect conditions and time of year.
Bucculatrix bechsteinella was a brand new moth for me, a little worn which proved a headache trying to identify.

Still a field trip to write up from last night....not enough hours in the day! and again might trap in the garden tonight, if it stays dry long enough that is.

Catch Report - 01/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

8x Heart & Dart [NFY]
1x Straw Dot [NFY] 
1x Common White Wave [NFY]
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Buff-tip
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brown Rustic
1x Flame Shoulder
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
11x Nutmeg
9x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Garden Carpet
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character 
1x Mottled Pug
4x Marbled Minor
1x Common Pug
4x Ingrailed Clay
1x Cabbage Moth
2x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Vine's Rustic
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Silver-Y
5x Common Swift

Micro Moths 

1x Bucculatrix bechsteinella [NEW!]
1x Celypa striana [NFY]
1x Ephestia parasitella [NFY]
1x Caloptilia robustella [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY]
1x Hedya pruniana [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana
2x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Adela rufimitrella

Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Teleiodes luculella

Hedya pruniana

Celypha striana

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