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

Thursday 10 July 2014

Very Lackey Blacky

Well the weather has been very up and down with some breezy and very wet nights, but with decent night time temperatures at least.
Tuesday night was no different. We did get a shower sometime during the night as the perspex collar had rain-drops on it, but at the time of emptying the trap it was nice and dry.
Some more fantastic moths were to be observed. 
Lackey made it onto the 2014 list, after I recorded it a day earlier last year, but the best moth was a Waved Black a garden first and Macro number 247 for the garden. 
Three Trachycera suavella's were the best of the Micro's.
I have yet to see a Trachycera advenella, although my records seem to indicate it flying more end of July/early August.

Catch Report - 08/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Waved Black [NFG]
1x Lackey [NFY]

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
2x Least Carpet [NFY]
5x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff-tip
2x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
22x Common Footman
1x Common Pug
7x Commo Rustic
1x Common Wainscot
7x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Shears
17x Dot Moth
5x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
3x Heart & Club
18x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Marbled Minor
7x Mottled Rustic
1x Peppered Moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
6x Riband Wave
2x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Small Emerald
3x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
2x Snout
43x Uncertain
Micro Moths 

3x Trachycera suavella [NFY]
2x Acleris forsskaleana
4x Endotricha flammealis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Phycita roborella
1x Udea olivalis
2x Cnephasia sp
3x Udea prunalis
1x Carcina quercana
1x Paraswammerdamia nebulella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Elachista albifrontella
1x Epagoge grotiana
2x Crambus pascuella
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Zeiraphera isertana
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Celypha striana
15x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Waved Black


Trachycera suavella

Least Carpet

Heart & Dart - variation

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