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

Saturday 19 July 2014

Warm enough for everyone?

Last night the trap went out again on the patio, the day had been hot and humid with a high temperature of 26 degrees, we were promised a low of just 16c all night.
The sky did clear by the morning, but at dusk there was plenty of cloud cover. We even had a bit of rain in the night as the outside egg trays were slightly damp and there were ‘puddles’ on the rain-shield.
There were more moths than ever and it was nigh on impossible to count every single one, especially as lots were flying out of the trap as soon as the lid was taken off (I must buy a large tent so as to retain them easier)
Every egg tray was covered, I stuck to my original plan of just jotting down the new ones, and the species I didn’t see on Monday night.
Most moths that are multiple brooded are now onto their second broods with this continuous warmth and some early emergences of second broods, we may see third broods of some species.

Catch Report - 16/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Brown-line Bright-eye [NFG]
1x Dark Umber [NFG]
1x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Grey Dagger [NFY]
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Magpie Moth [NFY]
1x Maple Pug [NFY]
1x Scorched Carpet [NFY]
2x Short-cloaked Moth [NFY]
1x Slender Brindle [NFY]
1x Broad-barred White (First record this year 08th June)
1x Cabbage Moth (First record this year (18th May)
1x Flame Shoulder (First record this year (23rd April)
4x Least Carpet
2x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock (First record this year (30th March)
1x Nutmeg (First record this year (16th May)
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet (First record this year (23rd April)
1x September Thorn
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart (First record this year (22nd April)
1x Silver-Y
1x Slender Pug
1x V-Pug

 Micro Moths

1x Pyralis farinalis [NFG]
1x Catoptria pinella [NFY]
2x Eudemis profundana [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana (First record this year (05th May)
1x Teleiodes vulgella

Magpie Moth

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Dark Umber

Brown-line Bright-eye

Maple Pug

Eudemis profundana

Pyralis farinalis

Pandemis corylana

Short-cloaked Carpet

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