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

Monday 4 August 2014

Poplar Lutestring!

More trapping last night under clearing skies and with a temperature dipping to around 13 degrees, things are starting to cool down gradually.

The moths numbers have also nose-dived with less and less each time I trap.

Thankfully though my catch last night included two nice species, a garden first Poplar Lutestring and a year first Acleris aspersana.

Magpie Moth put in another appearance, they really are a beautiful looking moth.

The numbers were made up by 32 Common Rustics and 8 Straw Underwings, the rest were pretty much ones and twos.

Catch Report - 03/08/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Poplar Lutestring [NFG]
2x Angle Shades
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
7x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
32x Common Rustic
1x Flame Carpet
1x Garden Carpet
1x Grey Dagger
1x Iron Prominent
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Magpie Moth
1x Maiden's Blush
3x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Orange Swift
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Peppered Moth
4x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
1x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Square-spotted Clay
4x Straw Dot
8x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths 

1x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
1x Acleris aspersana [NFY]
1x Evergestis forficalis
6x Blastobasis adustella
4x Eudonia mercurella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
2x Carcina quercana
4x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Bryotropha terrella
7x Agriphila straminella
1x Phycita roborella
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
3x Spilonota ocellana
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
4x Pandemis corylana
1x Caloptilia betulicola
3x Cydia splendana
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Pammene aurita
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Acleris aspersana

Magpie Moth

Poplar Lutestring

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