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 14 June 2015

Bordering on greedy

A muggy day followed by a downpour just before dark, the sky was yellow and a storm surely was imminent and with fear of a power cut on the warmest night of the year so far I went to sleep expecting to wake up with the trap off.
Luckily it never happened, it was a bit wet and the trap was soggy to say the least but there were moths and quite a good amount at that with 43 moths of 22 species.
Going through the trap, the expected species as I turned over the egg trays then what's that...another Bordered Straw! Fantastic.
A Plutella xylostella was also on the top of the trap, a year first.

Heart & Dart and Common Swift showed a larger increase.

Catch Report -  12/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Oak Beauty [NFY]
1x Green Carpet [NFY]
1x Mottled Rustic [NFY]
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Cabbage Moth [NFY] 
1x Burnished Brass [NFY]
1x Bordered Straw
1x Green Pug
1x Maiden's Blush

1x Peppered Moth
1x Brown Rustic
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Marbled Minor  
14x Heart & Dart  
8x Common Swift  
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
Micro Moths

1x Plutella xylostella [NFY]
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY] 
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella [NFY]
1x Udea olivalis [NFY]
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Eurrhypara hortulata

Bordered Straw

Ingrailed Clay

Udea olivalis

Burnished Brass

Treble Lines

1 comment:

  1. Nice catch, I'm surrounded by Bordered Straw's ! Be nice to add it to my garden list :)