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

Sunday 7 September 2014

Into September....a week late

Hello fellow bloggers

Finally getting time to update my blog again, I have four catch reports pending, 2 from the garden last week, a trip to Hemel Hempstead last week and a visit to Dungeness last night.
I will get there in the end!

For starters I trapped on the 1st of September and managed a decent haul of moths including a fair few nice species including a garden first Agonopterix arenella (Always a regular on field trips).
Also a year first Toadflax Brocade which seems to be annual in the garden, a second brood Nutmeg and a beautiful Frosted Orange which was definitely the icing on the trap.

More to follow soon, I hope everyone else is ready for Winter I mean Autumn! the car is certainly ready with a new heavy duty battery all connected up...o what a drag.

Catch Report - 01/09/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Frosted Orange [NFY]
1x Toadflax Brocade [NFY]
1x Old Lady [NFY]
2x Angle Shades
8x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Burnished Brass
3x Common Rustic
4x Common Wainscot
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Dusky Thorn 
3x Flame Shoulder
5x Garden Carpet
72x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
7x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Light Emerald
1x Maidens Blush
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Nutmeg
1x Nut-tree Tussock
6x Orange Swift
1x Pale Mottled Willow
4x Riband Wave
1x Rosy Rustic
11x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Small Square-spot
1x Small White Wave
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
48x Square-spot Rustic
2x Straw Dot
3x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
25x Vine's Rustic
8x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix arenella [NFG]
4x Agriphila geniculea
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Evergestis forficalis
1x Eudonia mercurella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Argyresthia pruniella
4x Epiphyas postvittana
5x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
3x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Cydia splendana
1x Plytella xylostella
2x Agriphila tristella
2x Pandemis corylana
1x Carcina quercana
1x Celypha lacunana
Toadflax Brocade

Frosted Orange


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