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 27 July 2014

A pretty tricky customer

Another warm and muggy night and another quality catch with plenty to smile about and some different moths to compliment the garden list so far.
An initial headache over a very pretty micro moth lasted a good hour pondering books, websites and my own photos, the conclusion was a form of Epinotia nisella that I hadn't seen before.

A mint Tawny-speckled Pug was probably my favourite moth of the night.

Parachronistis albiceps was a good record of a species that is becoming more frequent.

Trap out again tomorrow night.

Catch Report - 26/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Knot Grass [NFY] 
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFY]
1x Tawny Speckled Pug [NFY]
4x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
10x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
5x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dusky Sallow
1x Dwarf Cream Wave 
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Flounced Rustic
1x Green Pug
2x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Dart
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
4x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
19x Riband Wave
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Shaded Pug
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Rivulet
1x Snout
1x Straw Dot
2x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths 

1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella [NFG]
1x Epinotia nisella [NFG]
1x Parachronistis albiceps [NFG]
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana [NFY]
1x Cacoecimorpha pronubana [NFY]
2x Splionota laricana [NFY]
1x Euzophera pinguis [NFY]
1x Apotomis betuletana [NFY]
5x Carcina quercana
21x Blastobasis adustella
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Pammene aurita
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
2x Parornix sp
1x Cameraria ohridella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Athrips mouffetella
1x Caloptilia betulicola
1x Ditula angustiorana
7x Agriphila straminella
5x Gysonoma dealbana
1x Conobathra repandana
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana
2x Phycita roborella
2x Trachycera advenella
3x Trachycera suavella
8x Dipleurina lacustrata
6x Endotricha flammealis
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
10x Spilonota ocellana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
3x Cydia splendana
4x Argyesthia goedartella
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Clepsis consimilana
2x Batia unitella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Pandemis corylana
4x Plutella xylostella

Apotomis betuletana

Epinotia nisella

Knot Grass

Parachronistis albiceps

Pyrausta aurata

Spilonota laricana

Tawny Speckled Pug

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