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 15 July 2014

Warmer weather kicks things off again

I trapped on Sunday night as it was a very warm day indeed, the night was a little clear and of course we have a near full moon at the moment to contend with it was a bit cool.
The trap was moderately full come the morning and plenty of new ones to tick off for the year. 

Highlights were Phoenix, September Thorn and Catoptria falsella. I also got a good selection of grass moths.

Oak Nycteoline was a new moth for the garden.

This week looks set to be very warm indeed and fantastic for moths!

Catch Report - 13/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Oak Nycteoline [NFG]
2x Marbled Beauty [NFY]
1x Pebble Prominent [NFY]
2x Scarce Footman [NFY]
1x September Thorn [NFY] 
5x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Cloaked Minor
9x Common Footman
13x Common Rustic
5x Dark Arches
12x Dot Moth
2x Double Square-spot
1x Double-striped Pug
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Engrailed
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Club
5x Heart & Dart
3x July Highflyer
1x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Least Carpet
1x Light Arches
4x Mottled Rustic
2x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
5x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
3x Scalloped Oak
1x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Blood-vein
2x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Smoky Wainscot
2x Snout
8x Uncertain
1x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths 

1x Eucosma cana [NFY]
1x Catoptria falsella [NFY] 
1x Cameraria ohridella [NFY]
1x Agriphila straminella [NFY]
2x Crambus perlella [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
7x Endotricha flammealis
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Spilonota ocellana
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Phycita roborella
6x Udea prunalis
1x Ditula angustiorana
1x Paraswammerdamia nebulella
2x Celypha lacunana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata

September Thorn

Pebble Prominent

Scarce Footman

Catoptria falsella

Agriphila straminella

Crambus perlella

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