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

Thursday 2 July 2015

More moths than you can shake a net at

Super night again with plenty of action and a whole plethora of new species for the year including a new Macro and Micro for the garden.
Another different Red-necked Footman was also nice and both of the Small Wave species were represented.
The Mottled Beauty (Pictured below) had me going for a possible Square-spot..I was 98% convinced it was, until Colin Plant pointed out about the blotch not being squared-off where it meets the cross-line, still I have never seen such a contrasting form like this before.
Little time to write this report as I have a huge list to process and work through shortly from last night's catch at Braughing.
It is big deep breath time! Could we make it to 200 species for the night (That was the challenge that we accepted)....

Catch Report -  30/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Yellow Wave [NFG]
1x Clouded Border [NFY]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFY]
1x Beautiful Golden-Y [NFY]
1x Smoky Wainscot [NFY] 
1x Buff Arches [NFY]
1x Small White Wave [NFY]
1x Red-necked Footman
1x Light Emerald
1x Snout
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Double Square-spot
1x Treble Lines
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Yellow Shell
1x Straw Dot
1x Brown Rustic
1x Cabbage Moth
4x Dot Moth
7x Uncertain
3x Flame Shoulder
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Fan-foot
1x Peppered Moth
2x Treble Brown Spot
1x Heart & Club
5x Mottled Rustic
1x Marbled Minor
3x Riband Wave
1x Toadflax Pug
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
4x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
6x Heart & Dart
1x Common Footman
1x Garden Carpet
1x Orange Footman
2x Dwarf Cream Wave

Micro Moths

1x Homoeosoma sinuella [NFG]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY]
1x Batia unitella [NFY]
1x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x Acrobasis suavella [NFY]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFY]
1x Zeiraphera isertana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes vulgella [NFY]
1x Ectoedemia decentella [NFY]
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Acleris schalleriana
1x Hedya pruniana
1x Ephestia parasitella
1x Argyresthia spinosella
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Tortrix viridana
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Clepsis consimilana
3x Celypha lacunana
5x Celypha striana 

Small Yellow Wave

Small White Wave

Red-necked Footman no.2

Mottled Beauty

Eudonia lacustrata

Acrobasis suavella

Acleris schalleriana

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