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 9 June 2016

A new moth for the Garden!

I trapped on Monday as it was a beautifully warm and sunny day, we had a bit of cloud cover at 4pm and it looked a little stormy but it cleared again and was a predominantly clear night again.

Some great moths again and a further new for the year including new for my garden, Clouded-bordered Brindle.

Other moths of note included Tachystola acroxantha and Caloptilia robustella.

The list is certainly growing nicely now as we approach peak season mothing!

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

Macro Moths

1x Clouded-bordered Brindle [NFG]
1x Yellow Shell [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
2x Willow Beauty [NFY] 
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Clouded Border
3x Angle Shades
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Treble Lines

Micro Moths

1x Tachystola acroxantha [NFY]
1x Nemapogon cloacella [NFY]
1x Caloptilia robustella [NFY]
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
15x Plutella xylostella
1x Argyresthia spinosella

Caloptilia robustella

Clouded-bordered Brindle

Nemapogon cloacella

Argyresthia spinosella

Tachystola acroxantha

Treble Brown-spot

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