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 17 June 2016

Last night in Stevenage

I ran the trap again last night under cloudy and drizzly skies.
June so far has been an absolute wash-out and is heading to be one of the wettest on records.
With the cloud cover at night the temperature is holding up a bit but the rain is cooling it down.

Nevertheless there was a good selection of moths in and around the trap come the morning.

4 new for year moths were added to the year list brinfing the running total to 133 species for the garden.
Common Rustic was my earliest recorded in 7 years.

Catch Report - 15/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Foxglove Pug [NFY] 
2x Riband Wave [NFY]
1x Common Rustic [NFY]
2x Mottled Pug
3x Garden Carpet
10x Heart & Dart
3x Large Nutmeg
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Common Pug
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Common Swift
1x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Willow Beauty
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Marbled Minor
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Inrgailed Clay
1x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

1x Clepsis consimilana [NFY]
1x Hedya pruniana
10x Plutella xylostella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Pandemis cerasana
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Anania hortulata 
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Foxglove Pug

Common Rustic

Clepsis consimilana

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