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

Friday 31 July 2015

Belated garden post

It really has been manic lately and I haven't even had time to type up Tuesday's report, so here it is.
Another cracking night and right just before the wind switched round and it was blowing cool Northerlies, in fact this morning it got to as low as 7 degrees, at the end of July? Is unprecedented. 
Both Cydia fagiglandana and Agapeta zoegana were new for the garden.
A really nice brown and rusty coloured Straw Underwing caught my eye, I usually get quite grey examples of this species.

Catch Report -  28/07/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Wormwood Pug [NFY]
1x Tawny Speckled Pug [NFY]
1x Black Arches [NFY]
1x Buff-tip
1x Peppered Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Heart & Dart
1x Dun-bar
2x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
3x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
3x Dark Arches
1x Light Arches
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
4x Silver Y
1x Least Carpet
1x Rustic
3x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Engrailed
2x Riband Wave
25x Common Rustic
Micro Moths

1x Cydia fagiglandana [NFG]
1x Agapeta zoegana [NFG]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Gypsonoma dealbana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Pammene regiana
2x Eudonia mercurella
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Ancylis achatana
2x Acentria ephemerella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Celypha striana
4x Agriphila straminella
1x Celypha lacunana
3x Nomophila noctuella
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Elachista apicipunctella
1x Acleris variegana
2x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Clepsis consimilana
Agriphila tristella

Black Arches

Gypsonoma dealbana

Straw Undewing

Tawny Speckled Pug

Wormwood Pug

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