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 24 August 2015

Flagging and lagging behind.

Where does the time go eh?
A week ago we came back from our holiday and I feel like I have done precisely nothing!
This report is from Friday night and was a fantastic haul on a very warm and humid night and included several new species for the garden. 
It was lovely to get two Tree-lichen Beauties (2nd and 3rd garden records respectively) and garden firsts of Six-striped Rustic, Olive and 2 White-points.
Svensson's Copper Underwing was noted after checking every single Copper Underwing last year to no avail, I was lucky to find one so quickly this year.
And that was just the Macro's....on the Micro front there was also plenty of interest.
  Ypsolopha alpella was new for the garden and not a very frequent moth with me.

All in all a cracking night and just a shame that the weather has now turned very unsettled for this coming week, still it might be worth sticking out the trap just incase of something very special turning up!

Catch Report -  21/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Six-striped Rustic [NFG]
1x Olive [NFG]
2x White-point [NFG]
1x Knot Grass [NFY]
2x Tree-lichen Beauty [NFY] 
1x Old Lady [NFY]
2x Dusky Thorn [NFY] 
1x Svensson's Copper Underwing [NFY]
18x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Copper Underwing

4x Square-spotted Clay
1x Iron Prominent
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
3x Garden Carpet
1x Yellow Shell 2x Mouse Moth
1x Angle Shades 5x Orange Swift
2x Straw Dot
2x Flounced Rustic

1x Double-striped Pug
15x Square-spot Rustic
1x Cabbage Moth
3x Dark Arches
3x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver Y
2x Small Square-spot
3x Common Rustic
4x Straw Underwing
8x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Flame Shoulder-
1x Spectacle
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Dun-bar
2x Marbled Beauty
4x Riband Wave
1x Maple Pug
5x Vine's Rustic
38x Willow Beauty
1x Maiden's Blush

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha alpella [NFG]
1x Argyresthia albistria [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha dentella [NFY]
3x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
5x Cameraria ohridella [NFY]
2x Cydia splendana [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Parornix sp
1x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Cydia pomonella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
12x Agriphila tristella
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana  
1x Bucculatrix ulmella
1x Lyonetia clerkella  
5x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Acentria ephemerella
1x Acrobasis advenella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Celypha striana
1x Carcina quercana
1x Ditula angustiorana
10x Blastobasis adustella
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
5x Pandemis corylana
10x Pleuroptya ruralis

4x Agriphila straminella
3x Spilonota ocellana
12x Evergestis forficalis
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Bryotropha terrella
2x Emmelina monodactyla

Dusky Thorn

Lyonetia clerkella

Ypsolopha alpella


Six-striped Rustic


Tree-lichen Beauty

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Old Lady

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