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

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Welcome Wetland Wanderer

Another warm and muggy night on Sunday night (A bit behind with reports!) and yet another opportunity to trap...when will these warm and sultry evenings end? Possibly tomorrow with clearing skies forecast but with such high daytime temperatures still on the cards the forecasters are still suggesting minimums of 14 degrees all week.

Easily the best moth of the night was a pristine Silky Wainscot, a bit of a shock really. Is it a primary migrant or a wanderer, I think I will go with the latter.
Another good moth for the garden was a beautiful Bordered Pug.

I also managed to get the magnifying glass out and pot up a tiny micro moth that turned out to be a first for me Bucculatrix ulmella.
Conobathra repandana was also nice to see, as I missed out on one last year having previously seen one on the 17th August 2012
Rhyacionia buoliana and Eucosma obumbratana also boosting the garden list.

Catch Report - 20/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Silky Wainscot [NFG]
1x Bordered Pug [NFG]
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFG]
1x Dusky Sallow [NFY]
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFY]
2x Ruby Tiger [NFY]
2x Black Arches
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Arches
3x Cabbage Moth
1x Clay
2x Clouded Silver
1x Common Emerald 
2x Common Footman
8x Common Rustic
4x Dark Arches
35x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
4x Dun-bar
1x Early Thorn
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Green Pug
1x Heart & Club
3x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
1x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
3x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Peppered Moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
20x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
4x Scalloped Oak
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Slender Brindle
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Spectacle
1x Straw Dot
3x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
3x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths 

1x Bucculatrix ulmella [NEW!]
1x Eucosma obumbratana [NFG]
1x Rhyacionia buoliana [NFG]
1x Conobathra repandana [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella [NFY]
1x Pammene fasciana [NFY]
1x Bryotropha affinis
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Celypha striana
1x Coleophora sp
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Argyesthia goedartella
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Agriphila straminella
1x Cameraria ohridella
1x Batia unitella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
10x Plutella xylostella
3x Oegoconia sp
4x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Tischeria ekebladella
1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
20x Endotricha flammealis
1x Clepsis consimilana
3x Spilonota ocellana
1x Phycita roborella
2x Udea prunalis
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Trachycera suavella
1x Aphelia paleana
5x Eudonia mercurella
1x Ditula angustiorana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Carcina quercana

Eucosma obumbratana

Silky Wainscot

Dusky Sallow

Bordered Pug

Bucculatrix ulmella

Conobathra repandana

Rhyacionia buoliana

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