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 24 June 2014

What a night!

With the MV Robinson Trap back in action, it was time to see what graced the trap come Monday morning.
I was pretty darned pleased to say the least, there were literally loads of moths.
Unfortunately the birds still beat me to a few of the bigger moths.
I got up at 6 to find a year first Swallow-tailed Moth wings, but luckily the best was in the trap! Nearly 200 moths last night with 22 New species for the year...probably a record catch for the garden.
Again mostly micros but it was certainly a Wave night with Small Dusty, Common White, Riband, Small Fan-footed, Dwarf Cream, Treble Brown Spot and Single-dotted Wave!

Elephant Hawk-moth, Haworths Pug, Dingy Shears and Epagoge grotiana were pick of the bunch. 
But best of all, both of the micros Argyresthia cupressella and Swammerdamia caesiella were new ones for me.
Argyresthia cupressella if correct will be the 4th County record for Hertfordshire.
All these new ones suddenly sees me at 240 species for the year though still some way to beat 385 species I had last year, still things are still possible as out of the 240 species so far this year an amazing 36 species have been new for the garden
I had a night off last night as it had teamed it down for a few hours before darkness and the vegetation was sopping.

Catch Report - 21/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Emerald [NFY]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFY]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFY]
1x Light Arches [NFY]
1x Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Dingy Shears [NFY]
2x Barred Yellow [NFY]
1x Small Fan-footed Wave [NFY]
1x Single-dotted Wave [NFY]
1x Clay [NFY]
3x Marbled Minor
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Small Dusty Wave
7x Treble Brown Spot
5x Dark Arches  
2x Willow Beauty
2x Common White Wave
1x Common Pug
2x Green Pug 2x Buff-tip
1x Buff Ermine
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Common Wainscot  
1x Flame
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Peppered Moth  
2x Grey Pug  
6x Common Footman  
3x Flame Shoulder  
1x Bright-line Brown-eye  
2x Heart & Club  
2x Fan-foot  
3x Dot Moth  
1x Brimstone  
22x Uncertain  
6x Mottled Beauty  
3x Riband Wave  
4x Light Emerald  
4x Double Square-spot  
29x Heart & Dart  
19x Mottled Rustic
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Snout

Micro Moths 

1x Argyresthia cupressella [NEW!]
1x Swammerdamia caesiella [NEW!] 
2x Scythropia crataegella [NFG]
1x Ancylis achatana [NFG]
1x Argyresthia goedartella [NFY] 
1x Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]
1x Carcina quercana [NFY]
2x Oegoconia sp [NFY] 
1x Epagoge grotiana [NFY]
1x Hypsopygia costalis [NFY]
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFY]
1x Argyresthia pruniella [NFY]
3x Phycita roborella
1x Phyllonorycter coryli  
2x Udea prunalis
1x Agapeta hamana
1x Endotricha flammealis
1x Coleophora sp  
5x Udea olivalis  
3x Aphomia sociella  
7x Aleimma loeflingiana  
3x Tortrix viridana
15x Chrysoteuchia culmella  
2x Ditula angustiorana  
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Hedya pruniana
1x Celypha striana  
3x Epiblema uddmanniana  
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Archips podana  
5x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Epiphyas postvittana

1x Dipleurina lacustrata
4x Emmelina monodactyla

Argyresthia cupressella

Carcina quercana

Common Emerald

Dingy Shears

Epagoge grotiana

Haworth's Pug

Hypsopygia costalis

Scythropia crataegella

Yponomeuta evonymella

Swammerdamia caesiella

Single-dotted Wave

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