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 9 June 2014

Up before 5 to beat the Magpie!

An absolutely super night mothing last night, judging by how many moths there were in the trap...granted most were Heart & Dart (40 to be exact) but the big surprise was no less han 22 new species for the year, under a clear moon-lit night I was quite shocked by this.
The temperature this morning wasn't too bad either at 13 degrees.

Scrobipalpa acuminatella was new for the garden, and it was nice to see both Broad-barred White and Varied Coronet again.

The only catch is that I am completely shattered after waking up at 4:50am just to beat the same damn Magpie that keeps munching my catch every morning...it worked! But I suppose he is only taking advantage of the fact that every morning I have a huge round Robinson dinner plate for him and yes he has tried to get in it, on numerous occasions! 

Lets hope it stays dry for tonights field trip!

Catch Report - 08/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Snout [NFY]
2x Clouded Silver [NFY]
1x Green Carpet [NFY]
2x Treble Brown Spot [NFY] 
1x Green Pug [NFY]
3x Grey Pug [NFY]
1x Riband Wave [NFY]
1x Cinnabar [NFY]
1x Large Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Broad-barred White [NFY]
1x Varied Coronet [NFY]
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Treble Lines
1x Spruce Carpet
1x Buff-tip
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Nutmeg
1x Common White Wave
1x Flame
4x Light Emerald
2x Flame Shoulder
4x Tawny Marbled Minor
3x Marbled Minor
1x Pale Mottled Willow
6x Vine's Rustic
40x Heart & Dart
3x Common Pug
3x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Mottled Rustic
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x Common Footman
2x Large Nutmeg
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Peppered Moth 
4x Common Swift
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Brown Rustic
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Willow Beauty
1x Bright-line Brown-eye

Micro Moths 

1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella [NFG]
1x Udea prunalis [NFY]
3x Aphomia sociella [NFY] 
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella [NFY]
1x Tortrix viridana [NFY]
1x Archips podana [NFY]
1x Cnephasia sp [NFY]
1x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFY]
1x Ectoedemia decentella [NFY]
1x Nemophora deegerella [NFY]
1x Hedya nubiferana [NFY]
5x Udea olivalis
3x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
4x Ephestia parasitella
3x Scoparia ambigualis
3x Celypha lacunana

Varied Coronet & Broad-barred White

Aleimma loeflingiana

Hedya nubiferana

Udea prunalis

Scrobipalpa acuminatella

Hebrew Character - OMG

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