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

Friday 25 July 2014

Heatwave continues

More trapping again this week and I put the trap out again on the most favourable night that the forecasters had predicted.
Thursday morning saw me going through the trap once again at 6am and jotting down the species present.
I would love to trap every night, but couldn't justify the time making lists day after day, often repeating the same species.
The trap wasn't brimming this morning but there was one surprise towards the bottom. The wetland Pyralid Donacaula forficella. A little tatty but a very welcome addition to the ever growing garden list.
A nice collection of Micros were also new for the year. 

Catch Report - 24/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Small Rivulet [NFY] 
1x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff Footman
1x Buff-tip
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
3x Common Footman
15x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
8x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Fern
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Grey Dagger
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Least Carpet
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
1x Maple Prominent
1x Maple Pug
1x Nutmeg
1x Pale Prominent
2x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
12x Riband Wave
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Donacaula forficella [NFG]
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana [NFG]
2x Acentria ephemerella [NFY]
2x Hypatima rhomboidella [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
2x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Pandemis corylana
3x Bryotropha terrella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
1x Celypha striana
3x Yponomeuta evonymella
4x Batia unitella
12x Plutella xylostella
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Agapeta hamana
14x Endotricha flammealis
1x Spilonota ocellana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Udea prunalis
3x Eudonia mercurella
2x Agriphila straminella
2x Crambus perlella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Bucculatrix thoracella

Cydia splendana

Donacaula forficella

Flounced Rustic

Tinea semifulvella

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