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 28 June 2015

Two great catches combined!

Well, what a ridiculously amazing night it was for moths yesterday night and last night! I ran my trap on two consecutive nights keeping the moths from the previous night in tubs so it was easier to count this morning's moths.
Some great species and certainly more variety than I have been use to these past few weeks, lots more yellow apart from Brimstone Moth with Barred Yellow, Barred Straw and Swallow-tailed Moth.

A Privet Hawk-moth was very welcome, my first for the garden this year and quite late.

Other good moths were Shaded Pug, Phoenix and Toadflax Pug.

Moth of the night was a Red-necked Footman, first recorded in the garden in 2013.

The nights are just perfect at the moment, even if they are clear..with little wind temperatures are staying well in to the teens, and by mid-next week we could see temperatures soar to 30+ degrees! A few field trips hopefully during this warm weather.

Catch Report -  25/26/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Barred Yellow [NFY]
1x Shaded Pug [NFY]
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Middle-barred Minor [NFY]
1x Yellow Shell [NFY]
1x Dingy Shears [NFY]
2x Heart & Club [NFY]
1x Red-necked Footman [NFY]
1x Toadflax Pug [NFY]
1x Least Carpet [NFY]
1x Common White Wave [NFY] 
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFY]
1x Phoenix [NFY]
20x Heart & Dart
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Garden Carpet
5x Dark Arches
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Orange Footman
1x Buff-tip
2x Common Footman
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Ingrailed Clay
5x Snout
8x Uncertain
2x Mottled Beauty
3x Brown Rustic
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Peppered Moth
1x Treble Brown Spot
1x Double Square-spot
4x Green Pug
3x Straw Dot
2x Clouded Silver
4x Riband Wave
2x Willow Beauty
1x Flame
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Common Marbled Carpet

Micro Moths

5x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFY]
1x Coleophora sp (white) [NFY]
4x Hedya pruniana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY] 
1x Ephestia parasitella [NFY]
3x Pandemis cerasana [NFY]
1x Scythropia crataegella [NFY]
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFY]
2x Clepsis consimilana [NFY]
5x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Celypha lacunana
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Celypha striana
2x Udea olivalis
1x Plutella xylosteana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
7x Tortrix viridana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
4x Aphomia sociella

Barred Straw

Clepsis consimilana

Pterophorus pentadactyla

Red-necked Footman

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