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

Saturday 9 July 2016

Garden Catch from Monday night - Lagging behind!

After the breath-taking experience of our mothing holiday, it was back to reality in the garden...but it was a reality I could get use to as I had plenty of moths greeting me on Tuesday morning from Monday night's catch.
Finally had time to write up my recent reports.

There were loads of new moths new for the year, quite an over-whelming amount! and one new for the garden, the fairly common Gypsonoma sociana after checking quite a few dealbana's over the years I finally cracked it.

Luckily the weather continues to be good (if a bit windy) and it seems that the bad weather we had missed whilst being away!

Catch Report - 04/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Barred Straw 1 [NFY]
Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Clay 1 [NFY]
Dingy Shears 1 [NFY]
Dot Moth 6 [NFY]
Double Square-spot 3 [NFY]
Dwarf Cream Wave 2 [NFY]
Grey Dagger sp 1 [NFY]
Haworth's Pug 1 [NFY]
July Highflyer 2 [NFY]
Light Arches 1 [NFY]
Swallow-tailed Moth 2 [NFY]
Uncertain 14 [NFY]
Beautiful Golden-Y 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 7
Brimstone Moth 2
Buff-tip 1
Clouded Brindle
Common Footman 2
Common Wainscot 2
Dark Arches 10
Double-striped Pug 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fan-foot 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Club 4
Heart & Dart 8
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Light Emerald 1
Mottled Rustic 4
Peppered Moth 1
Riband Wave 1
Silver-Y 1
Snout 2
Treble Brown-spot 2
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths

Gypsonoma sociana 1 [NFG]
Achips podana 1 [NFY]
Acleris schalleriana 2 [NFY]
Anania coronata 1 [NFY]
Ancylis achatana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia albistria 1 [NFY]
Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora mayrella 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1 [NFY]
Parachronistis albiceps 1 [NFY]
Phycita roborella 2 [NFY]
Udea prunalis 3 [NFY]
Aleimma loeflingiana 3
Anania hortulata 4
Aphomia sociella 2
Celypha lacunana 5
Chrysoteuchia culmella 8
Clepsis consimilana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Eudonia lacustrata 3
Eudonia mercurella 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Oegoconia sp 1
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 3
Yponomeuta evonymella 1

Dingy Shears

Gypsonoma sociana

July Highflyer


Parachronistis albiceps

Phycita roborella

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