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

Saturday 20 June 2015

Bumper bonanza headed by a Shark

An amazing night last night and well worth the early rise to sort through all of the moths and there were plenty of them too! with nearly a record.. 17 new species for the year! (Most ever is 20).
Shark was added to the garden list and was eagerly checked for Chamomile Shark which I have yet to record.
Scoparia pyralella was new for the garden also.
A third Bordered Straw was also noteworthy and checked against the previous two photos to reveal that it was indeed a different moth.

Other than that the species were pretty much what I would expect this time of year.
The weather is turning unsettled and we have had a fair bit of rain today which has dampened it somewhat, my spirits included!

Catch Report -  19/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shark [NFG]
1x Small Dusty Wave [NFY] 
3x Silver-ground Carpet [NFY]
2x Common Wainscot [NFY]
2x Flame [NFY]
3x Uncertain [NFY]
1x Buff Ermine [NFY]
1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
2x Common Footman [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Bordered Straw
2x Peppered Moth
1x Willow Beauty
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Snout
4x Brimstone Moth
4x Garden Carpet
4x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Maiden's Blush
33x Heart & Dart
2x Cinnabar
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Silver-Y
8x Common Swift
2x Flame Shoulder
3x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Marbled Minor
1x Straw Dot
1x Treble Lines
2x Ingrailed Clay
2x Mottled Rustic
4x Large Nutmeg

Micro Moths

1x Scoparia pyralella [NFG]
2x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY]
1x Nemophora degeerella [NFY]
2x Crambus lathoniellus [NFY]
2x Celypha lacunana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia spinosella [NFY] 
1x Crambus pascuella [NFY]
1x Lozotaenia forsterana [NFY]
2x Celypha striana
3x Epiphyas postvittana
3x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Mompha subbistrigella
3x Aphomia sociella

Clouded Brindle

Crambus pascuella


Bordered Straw

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