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

Monday 6 July 2015

Garden mothing on Friday.

Another fantastic catch on Friday night.
As you can see I am struggling to keep up with writing up the catches, blogging, flickr and facebook as it's been a last few days.
It was nice to get my yearly record of Lackey and another 11 new species for the year.
Last night was pretty good too! Catch to come but two of the moths I found this morning are completely new for me!

Catch Report -  03/07/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Rustic [NFY]
1x Common Rustic [NFY]
1x Common Emerald [NFY]
1x Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Lackey [NFY]
1x Clay [NFY]
10x Common Footman
1x Fan-foot
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Clouded Silver
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Willow Beauty
1x Buff Arches
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Common White Wave
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Clouded Border
3x Riband Wave
28x Uncertain
1x White Ermine
4x Mottled Beauty
2x Snout
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Marbled Minor
2x Dot Moth
1x Fern
1x Buff Arches
4x Double Square-spot
9x Mottled Rustic
1x Rufous Minor (to be checked)
1x Least Carpet
5x Heart & Dart
1x Heart & Club
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Brown Rustic
1x Blood-vein

Micro Moths

1x Phycita roborella [NFY]
1x Ancylis achatana [NFY]
1x Blastodacna hellerella [NFY]
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis [NFY]
1x Endotricha flammealis [NFY]
1x Eudemis profundana [NFY]
15x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Teleiodes vulgella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
1x Crambus lathoniellus
3x Epiphyas postvittana
4x Pammene regiana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Batia unitella
1x Ephestia sp
1x Archips podana
5x Celypha striana
1x Clepsis consimilana
 4x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Anania hortulata

Eudemis profundana


Orthopygia glaucinalis

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