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 4 September 2015

Another new Argyresthia for the garden!

Tuesday night I ran the trap and was rewarded with three migrant species, Udea ferrugalis, Nomophila noctuella and a Silver-Y, the Udea ferrugalis being new for the year.
Later on in the day and after work I decided to take some photographs...
After being really miffed with my Rusty Dot Pearl flying off as I pressed the button on my camera I then proceeded to look through the egg trays again tapping off the moths from last night and I struck gold...an Argyresthia semifusca had been missed by me this morning, 

It is my first Herts record and only my second ever sighting of this species (Previous and only record on 21/08/10 at Thorndon Country Park near Brentwood)

Catch Report -  01/09/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Willow Beauty
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
12x Square-spot Rustic
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8x Setaceous Hebrew Character
8x Vine's Rustic
9x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Orange Swift
1x Silver-Y
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Light Emerald
2x Double-striped Pug
6x Garden Carpet
1x Copper Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Argyresthia semifusca [NFG]
1x Udea ferrugalis [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Nomophila noctuella
1x Agriphila tristella
5x Agriphila geniculea

Nomophila noctuella

Argyresthia semifusca

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