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

Wednesday 16 July 2014

A day late posting for a rightful reason!

On Monday night I once again rigged the trap up on timer (early to bed for me at 9) and was quietly confident that I would get a pretty nice catch come the morning.
The conditions were perfect if a little breezy, but with a minimum of 16 degrees, a little rain sometime in the night I couldn't have asked for better.

Getting up bleary eyed and rubbing my eyes I could not believe it!
The trap was probably the fullest it has ever been in my 2 years of trapping here. Moths adorned most of the Perspex collar, and every hole of the egg boxes had at least one moth in it.

Macro Highlights were a second garden Small Ranunculus, new for garden Dingy Footman and Large Twin-spot Carpet and the trio Coxcomb, Maple and Pale Prominent.

Micros were headed by a first for me, the lovely marked Athrips mouffetella.

A slightly knackered Currant Pug which just would not lay flat and kept adorning a ‘Thorn-like’ posture… I didn’t record this species last year.
Also a worn Epinotia abbreviana after much identifying was a garden first.

All the moths were pretty lively for their photo-shoots, well apart from a very dozy Pale Prominent.

66 Macros and with only 10 less species of Micros at 56, it really was a stonking night.

Tonight looks warm and muggy again, I can’t top this list surely!

Catch Report - 14/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Dingy Footman [NFG]
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet [NFG]
1x Small Ranunculus [NFY]
2x Black Arches [NFY]
3x Buff Footman [NFY]
2x Coxcomb Prominent [NFY]
1x Maple Prominent [NFY]
1x Pale Prominent [NFY]
1x Straw Underwing [NFY]
2x Yellow Shell [NFY]
1x Currant Pug [NFY]
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Buff Arches
2x Buff-tip
1x Burnished Brass
2x Clay
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Silver
11x Common Footman
9x Common Rustic
3x Common White Wave
7x Dark Arches
20x Dot Moth
3x Double Square-spot
2x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Early Thorn
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
2x Fan-foot
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
1x Herald
3x July Highflyer
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Least Carpet
1x Light Arches
1x Marbled Minor
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Oak Nycteoline
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
7x Riband Wave
2x Rustic
3x Scalloped Oak
3x Scarce Footman
1x Shaded Pug
1x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Blood-vein
4x Small Emerald
3x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Spectacle
3x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Snout
18x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths 

1x Athrips mouffetella [NEW!]
1x Aethes rubigana [NFG]
1x Epinotia abbreviana [NFG]
1x Acleris hastiana [NFG]
1x Monochroa palustrella [NFG]
1x Morophaga choragella [NFG]
1x Pammene aurita [NFG]
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis [NFY]
1x Cochylis hybridella [NFY]
4x Blastobasis adustella [NFY]
2x Trachycera advenella [NFY]
2x Cydia splendana [NFY]
3x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY]
1x Bryotropha affinis [NFY]
2x Tischeria ekebladella [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha dentella [NFY]
1x Batia unitella [NFY]
1x Pammene regiana [NFY]
1x Bryotropha terrella
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Celypha striana
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
4x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Epagoge grotiana
2x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Cnephasia sp
2x Plutella xylostella
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
3x Endotricha flammealis
1x Clepsis consimilana
9x Spilonota ocellana
1x Hypsopygia costalis
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Trachycera suavella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Phycita roborella
2x Udea prunalis
1x Pandemis heparana
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Ectoedemia decentella
5x Eudonia mercurella
2x Ditula angustiorana
1x Gypsonoma dealbana
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
1x Celypha lacunana
15x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Carcina quercana

Acleris hastiana

Athrips mouffetella

Black Arches

Buff Footman

Coxcomb Prominent

Small Ranunculus

Straw Underwing

Maple Prominent

Cydia splendana

Monochroa palustrella

Morophaga choragella

Oak Nycteoline

Pammene aurita


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