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 6 June 2016

Lots of New for Year's!

Since coming back from our break away it all went a bit mad really and I finally started seeing some different moths, not many but enough to keep the year list ticking over nicely.
The Plutella xylostella invasion is still upon us, many have simply stopped counting as re-captures are inevitable and from people's own data from this last week we know that there must be absolutely billions of them.
The best night so far was last night, and although it was a clear sky it still held up at 9 degrees and there were no less than 7 new for the year in the trap.

The next few days look very warm indeed, we could reach 24 degrees by Wednesday with a chance of a stormy shower though also.

Here are my last three trapping efforts.

Catch Report - 03/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Light Emerald [NFY]
1x Common Wainscot [NFY] 
1x Ingrailed Clay [NFY]
1x Common Pug
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Vine's Rustic

Micro Moths

1x Anania hortulata [NFY]
7x Plutella xylostella
1x Epiphyas postvittana 

Catch Report - 04/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY]
2x Garden Carpet
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Common Pug
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Spectacle
6x Common Swift
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Heart & Dart
1x Flame Shoulder

Micro Moths

68x Plutella xylostella
3x Epiphyas postvittana 

Catch Report - 05/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Pale Oak Beauty [NFY]
1x Maiden's Blush [NFY]
1x Large Yellow Underwing [NFY] 
1x Tawny Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Scorched Wing [NFY]
1x Mottled Rustic [NFY]
1x Flame [NFY]
1x Common Marbled Carpet 
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Dart
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Marbled Minor 
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Peppered Moth

Micro Moths

1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Aphomia sociella

Ingrailed Clay

Anania hortulata

Pale Oak Beauty

Maiden's Blush


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