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 8 July 2014

Drinks'er on me!

On Saturday night I ran the trap after 4 nights break trapping elsewhere it was time to find out what was lurking in the garden at night.
The trap was pleasingly full come the morning and a plethora of new for year moths were headed up by two new Macro moths, the Drinker and a Small Elephant Hawk-moth.

The Small Elephant Hawk-moth seems to be quite localised in East Herts, as opposed to West Herts where it is relatively frequent. 

Two Common Rustics trapped, looked good candidates for Lesser Common Rustic, both will be examined soon.

Also, where are all the Willow Beauties this year? Plenty of Mottled, but Willow seem to be quite scarce.

Back to trapping tonight if this storm subsides.

Catch Report - 05/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Drinker [NFG]
1x Small Elephant Hawk-moth [NFG]
2x Small Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Yellow-tail [NFY]
1x Cloaked Minor
3x July Highflyer
15x Common Footman
3x Heart & Club
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Double Square-spot
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Fan-foot
1x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Brimstone Moth 
5x Riband Wave
10x Dark Arches
14x Uncertain
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
10x Common Rustic
7x Heart & Dart
1x Peppered Moth
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Common White Wave
2x Marbled Minor
1x Mottled Rustic
3x Buff Arches
3x Small Emerald
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Willow Beauty
1x Rustic
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Clay
5x Dun-bar
13x Dot Moth 
1x Brown Rustic

Micro Moths 

1x Lozotaeniodes formosanus [NFY]
1x Pleuroptya ruralis [NFY]
1x Rhopobota naevana [NFY]
1x Pandemis heparana [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana [NFY] 
2x Endotricha flammealis
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Carpatolechia proximella
1x Udea olivalis 
1x Udea prunalis
1x Crambus pascuella
1x Archips xylosteana
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Archips podana
1x Spilonota ocellana
1x Hypsopygia costalis
1x Coleophora sp
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Hedya nubiferana
3x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Celypha striana
3x Gypsonoma dealbana
7x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Scoparia ambigualis



Pos Lesser Common Rustics - tbc

Small Blood-vein

Lozotaeniodes formosanus

Cloaked Minor

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