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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Monday 15 September 2014

Various Acleris

Last night I ran the garden trap once more, this time under some nice cloudy and warm(ish) conditions.
It was rather breezy the first few hours of darkness but by this morning it was very calm indeed and the trap was shrouded by a light mist.
On inspection of the trap there wasn't the numbers that I have been use to as we are still in that nothingness shift between seasons, but there was a glimmer of things to come.

A Centre-barred Sallow was new for the year as were two Lunar Underwings of the same form.

Small Blood-vein was my latest 2nd brood record ever (generally I find these only singularly brooded during the months of June and July)
My latest previous date was on the 07th of August! So this can only be a product of such a long period of favourable weather right through summer and up until now.

3 micro's were of interest amongst the catch, a pretty metallic Coleophora which needs checking although I have narrowed it down to either alcyonipennella, frischella or deuratella although I still favour the former species.
The other two were Acleris emargana and Acleris rhombana, both garden firsts! So I am very chuffed indeed.

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

Macro Moths

1x Centre-barred Sallow [NFY]
2x Lunar Underwing [NFY]
1x Small Blood-vein
1x Straw Dot
1x Brimstone Moth
15x Large Yellow Underwing
9x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Silver-Y
2x Snout
4x Square-spot Rustic
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Vine's Rustic
Micro Moths

1x Acleris emargana [NFG]
1x Acleris rhombana [NFG]
1x Coleophora sp
1x Endrosis sarcitella
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Plutella xylostella

Acleris emargana

Acleris rhombana

Coleophora sp - 10mm

Lunar Underwing

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