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 2 July 2014

Bye bye June, Hi July

The last night of June 2014 and the trap was setup once again in anticipation of what the first morning of July might bring...
Certainly a better selection of moths.

Scalloped Oak was a whole month earlier than last year in the garden...Common Rustic an incredible 48 days earlier than last year's first recorded specimen! That cold weather and snow we had definitely had a huge impact on emergences right through the year.
Fern seems to have had a good year, with many records at home and when out and about trapping.

Best moth of the night was probably a Rustic as I don't get many of these.

Catch Report - 30/06/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Common Rustic [NFY]
1x Scalloped Oak [NFY]
1x V-Pug [NFY]
1x Burnished Brass [NFY]
1x Rustic [NFY]

8x Common Footman
1x Engrailed
1x Peppered Moth
1x Fern 11x Mottled Rustic
1x Garden Carpet
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Dwarf Cream Wave  
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Pale Mottled Willow  
1x Large Yellow Underwing 
  2x Riband Wave
1x Large Nutmeg
3x Dot Moth
1x Mottled Beauty  
48x Heart & Dart
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Snout
5x Heart & Club  
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Double Square-spot  
20x Uncertain  
2x Dark Arches  
1x Common White Wave
1x Buff Arches  
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Turnip Moth
1x Ingrailed Clay  
2x Dwarf Cream Wave  
1x Small Emerald
1x Vine's Rustic
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Grey Pug

Micro Moths 

1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
2x Clepsis consimilana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Udea prunalis
1x Archips xylosteana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Ephestia parasitella
3x Celypha lacunana  
7x Celypha striana
1x Epagoge grotiana
8x Chrysoteuchia culmella  
1x Eudonia mercurella

Common Rustic


Scalloped Oak


1 comment:

  1. Excellent haul, Ben, and it's very interesting about the early emergences which I'm experiencing too. Fascinating about the glowworms as well in your previous post.

    Thanks VERY much for the Scallop advice. I just wondered if one might be a Small Scallop and the other a Small Bloodvein cos they look a bit different to my (admittedly challenged) eyes. I've asked the same question on UTB but I very much value your kindly expertise (of which I stand in much need)

    all warmest