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 16 July 2016

Garden moths last Sunday! Still a week behind...

Mothing again in the garden, I tried 3 times, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday night with mixed results but plenty of new moths for the year and a couple of new records for the garden, namely the Common Lutestring which seemingly isn't that common having not seen one for over 4 years now.

The weather has been pretty good this last week but we have had a few cold nights down to 8 degrees which is ridiculous for mid-July!
The week ahead looks like we are set for a slight heatwave. Keep those traps out people!

Catch Report - 10/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Common Lutestring 1 [NFG]
Dun-bar 1 [NFY]
Lackey 1 [NFY]
Single-dotted Wave 2 [NFY]
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 5
Brimstone Moth 1 
Cabbage Moth 1
Clay 2
Common Footman 4
Common Rustic 5
Dark Arches 9
Dot Moth 12
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Thorn 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 4
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Light Arches  1
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Beauty 1
Mottled Rustic 4
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Riband Wave 2
Silver-Y 1
Small Fan-footed Wave 1
Smoky Wainscot 1
Snout 3
Uncertain 12
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Endothenia marginana 1 [NFG]
Blastobasis adustella 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha terrella 2 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 2 [NFY]
Endotricha flammealis 1 [NFY]
Epinotia signatana 1 [NFY]
Helcyostogramma rufescens 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 1
Anania hortulata 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Carcina quercana 1
Celypha lacunana 3
Celypha striana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 7
Clepsis consimilana 3
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eudonia lacustrata 4
Eudonia mercurella 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Pandemis cerasana 1
Phycita roborella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Spilonota ocellana 2 
Udea prunalis 1
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Common Lutestring

Elephant Hawk-moths


Epinotia signatana

Endothenia marginana

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