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

Tuesday 30 June 2015

More of the same please

This weather we are having at the moment is just cracking, with day-time temperatures hitting 30 degrees the last few days the nights have been mild at around 15 degrees minimum, good considering the clear skies.
On Sunday night I set the trap up in the garden in anticipation for another respectable haul. I wasn't disappointed come Monday morning with lots of moths in and out of the trap.

Highlight was a garden first Blotched Emerald, not in the best of condition but they all count.

Also a garden first and quite surprising because it is a common moth, a lovely Scorched Wing.

A single Square-spot Rustic was my second earliest record of this moth, this isn't my earliest record. I had one on the 20th of June 2010. The next earliest record is the 06th of August!! So these two early June dates are rare indeed.
It was nice to get a second garden record of Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a really nice colour form of Riband Wave was very photogenic. 

Tonight I will trap again, then it is field trip time again and once more I shall be trapping my parents farm in search of some more goodies. 

Catch Report -  28/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Scorched Wing [NFG]
1x Blotched Emerald [NFG]
1x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Small Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Small Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
18x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Pale Mottled Willow  
10x Bright-line Brown-eye  
1x Spectacle
3x Buff Ermine
8x Mottled Rustic
1x Common Swift  
1x Garden Carpet  
2x Dark Arches  
2x Buff-tip  
4x Common Footman
1x Common Pug  
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Blood-vein  
1x Snout  
10x Uncertain  
4x Mottled Beauty  
1x Brown Rustic  
5x Brimstone Moth  
2x Treble Brown Spot  
4x Double Square-spot  
1x Green Pug  
1x Straw Dot  
2x Clouded Silver
2x Riband Wave  
2x Willow Beauty  
1x Flame  
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Burnished Brass  
 2x Flame Shoulder  
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character  
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common White Wave

Micro Moths

1x Archips Podana [NFY]
1x Epiblema uddmanniana [NFY]
2x Udea prunalis [NFY]
1x Pandemis heparana [NFY]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana [NFY]
1x Hedya nubiferana [NFY]
1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
4x Aleimma loeflingiana  
1x Hedya pruniana  
2x Pandemis cerasana  
1x Clepsis consimilana  
3x Eudonia lacustrata  
4x Celypha lacunana
3x Anania hortulata
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella  
3x Celypha striana  
3x Udea olivalis  
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella  
3x Tortrix viridana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana 
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Small Blood-vein

Udea prunalis

Blotched Emerald

Square-spot Rustic

Riband Wave


Pandemis corylana

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