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

Wednesday 20 July 2016

End of last week

On Friday night I ran the trap again under clear skies, but pretty a decent night time temperature of 17 degrees made the moths venture out.
Not hundreds of moths and well down on most years but still plenty to sort through and peruse at my leisure (So much easier when you just have one trap to sort!)

The first of the second brood Early Thorn was observed and there were 10 new for year records, nothing ground-breaking and July's standard fare really.

The temperature really has risen now and we are experiencing a short-lived heatwave and I now have a big list of moths to write up from last nights trapping on my parents farm.

Catch Report - 15/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Lesser Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Yellow-tail 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 9
Brimstone Moth 2
Buff Footman 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 13
Double-striped Pug 2
Double Square-spot 2
Early Thorn 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Heart & Dart 1
July Highflyer 2
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Beauty 2
Mottled Rustic 3
Riband Wave 3
Rustic 1
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman 1
Short-cloaked Moth 1
Snout 1
Swallow-tailed Moth 2
Uncertain 3
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella 2 [NFY]
Acrobasis suavella 1 [NFY]
Batia lunaris 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia betulicola 1 [NFY]
Cydia splendana 1 [NFY]
Ditula angistiorana 1 [NFY]
Hypsopygia costalis 1 [NFY]
Lozotaeniodes formosana 1 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Acleris schalleriana 1
Anania coronata 2
Blastobasis adustella 1
Celypha lacunana 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 4
Clepsis consimilana 2
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Eudonia mercurella 2
Hedya nubiferana 3
Helcystogramma rufescens 1
Pandemis heparana 2
Parornix sp 1
Phycita roborella 2
Plutella xylostella 4
Spilonota ocellana 2
Teleiodes luculella 1
Udea prunalis 3
Yponomeauta evonymella 1
Zeiraphera isertana 4
Short-cloaked Moth

Acrobasis suavella

Lozotaeniodes formosana

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