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 25 July 2016

Catching up with catches. The prequel..

A flipping huge catch last Monday night, apologies for being a week behind but time seems to run away with me during peak moth season with photos to take, edit and then the list to type up.
This catch was just prior to the previous post about the fantastic night's trapping on the farm.
For my garden this amount of moths was brilliant with loads of new moths for the year list.

Best of all there were two new species for my garden, namely Epiblema costipunctana, a fairly common Tortrix moth that I use to catch on the farm regularly.
The other was Eana incanana, another good species and one i've trapped before on the farm also. Not content with one, I trapped another on Friday night!

Happy mothing everyone!

Catch Report - 18/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Large Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Shaded Pug 1 [NFY]
Slender Pug 1 [NFY]
Small Rivulet 1 [NFY]
Straw Underwing 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Buff Arches 1
Burnished Brass 1
Clay 1
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 3
Common Rustic 5
Common White Wave 1
Dark Arches 2
Dot Moth 10
Double-striped Pug 3
Dun-bar 1
Dwarf Cream Wave 1
Early Thorn 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fern 1
Flame 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Dart 1
July Highflyer 2
Lackey 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Mottled Rustic 2
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Peppered Moth 2
Riband Wave 2
Rustic 1
Scalloped Oak 2
Scarce Footman 1
Short-cloaked Moth 1
Silver-Y 4
Swallow-tailed Moth 6
Uncertain 2
V-pug 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow Shell 1
Yellow-tail 1

Micro Moths

Eana incanana 1 [NFG]
Epiblema costipunctana 1 [NFG]
Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis repandana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia brockeella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia semifusca 1 [NFY]
Athrips mouffetella 2 [NFY]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Cameraria ohridella 1 [NFY]
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 2 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Acleris schalleriana 2
Anania coronata 2
Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 2
Argyresthia pruniella 1
Batia lunaris 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha affinis 1
Bryotropha terrella 1
Caloptilia alchimiella 1
Celypha lacunana 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 6
Clepsis consimilana 1
Ditula angustiorana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 2
Eudonia mercurella 2
Hedya nubiferana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 1
Notocelia uddmanniana 1
Oegoconia sp 2
Parornix sp 2
Plutella xylostella 7
Spilonota ocellana 2
Teleiodes vulgella 1
Udea prunalis 1
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Acrobasis advenella

Acrobasis repandana

Argyresthia semifusca

Eana incanana

Ruby Tiger

Straw Underwing

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