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

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Sunday 12 June 2016

A good species count for the garden trap

Another catch report from the garden trap, this one was from Friday night and I recorded a blooming impressive 38 species! And 8 of them were new species for the year.
Best moth of the night was for me White-spotted Pug, new for the garden and despite seeing it regularly on field trips I just could not get one in the garden.
Grey Pug was back after last year's absence and just when I thought the armada of Plutella xylostella was over after catching 4 on Wednesday night, there were 22 in the trap come Saturday morning.

All in all a pleasing catch of a variety of moths for my garden in early June.

Catch Report - 10/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x White-spotted Pug [NFG]
1x Grey Pug [NFY] 
1x Straw Dot [NFY] 
1x Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Green Pug [NFY]
1x Silver-ground Carpet [NFY] 
1x White Ermine [NFY]
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Common Wainscot
7x Heart & Dart
1x Brown Rustic
1x Mottled Pug
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Common Swift
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Peppered Moth
1x Marbled Minor
3x Large Nutmeg
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Willow Beauty
1x Large Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Crambus lathoniellus [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Evergestis forficalis
4x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
22x Plutella xylostella
1x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Hedya pruniana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
5x Epiphyas postvittana


White Ermine

Mottled Rustic

Large Yellow Underwing

Hedya pruniana

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