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

Sunday 29 June 2014

Less moths but still ticking.

Last week I ran the trap on both the 25th and 26th, and as I haven't had time to blog, I have conjoined the catches.
Not a huge amount of moths by recent standards but some lovely new ones.

The weather has been quite unsettled as of late with quite a few showers towards the evening cooling the evening temperatures and thus decreasing the catch somewhat.

It was nice to record the pretty Tortrix Pammene regiana again, a Sycamore feeder for which we have loads!
Edit: missed this, it is a Dicrorampha alpinana flavidorsana.The two are inseperable without genitalia dissection.

Cydia pomonella was a new one for the garden.

Hopefully trapping again in the garden tonight after a nice break.

Catch Report - 25-26/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Smoky Wainscot [NFY]
1x Barred Straw [NFY]
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x July Highflyer [NFY]
1x Dun-bar [NFY]
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
6x Common Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
12x Mottled Rustic
2x Green Pug
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Buff-tip
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Wainscot
4x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Riband Wave
1x Common Emerald
3x Dot Moth  
5x Mottled Beauty
45x Heart & Dart
3x Heart & Club
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Double Square-spot
1x Cabbage Moth
17x Uncertain
5x Dark Arches
1x Common White Wave
2x Buff Arches
1x Brown Rustic
1x Light Arches
1x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Brindle
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Turnip Moth
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Small Emerald
2x Buff Ermine
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Grey Pug

Micro Moths 

1x Dicrorampha alpinana flavidorsana [NEW!]
1x Cydia pomonella [NFG]
2x Pammene regiana [NFY]
5x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Batia lunaris
2x Celypha lacunana
3x Celypha striana
1x Ditula angustiorana
1x Aphomia sociella
3x Scoparia ambigualis
7x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Hedya nubiferana
2x Eudonia mercurella

Cydia pomonella


July Highflyer

Dicrorampha alpinana flavidorsana

Swallow-tailed Moth

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