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.
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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 27 July 2016

Some fantastic moths in the garden

16 new for years was blooming good for late July in my garden as we just creep past peak moth season, it is a sad time as numbers will probably fall away now but only slowly. If only we got a settled month of weather for Summer then we would probably see more moths.

Notable species for my garden included Pebble Hook-tip (went missing for 3 years), Shaded Broad-bar (not a common moth here) and two garden first micro moths, Eucosma conterminana and Achroia grisella.
Other bits of interest was a dark Dart moth of  somekind, it isn't Turnip Moth as the hindwings are dark grey, which leaves either Heart & Club and Garden Dart. It would be great if it is the latter as that would be a garden first.
EDIT: Confirmed as Heart & Club by Graeme Smith, thanks Graeme.

Another pretty moth and quite common this year in the garden, a stunning form of July Highflyer.

Weather-wise now we stick with the changeable conditions, if it's sunny then it is warm, but with plenty of cloud and rain the temperatures look set to struggle in the low 20's. 

Catch Report - 22/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dingy Footman 2 [NFY]
Marbled Beauty 2 [NFY]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Rustic 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]
Slender Brindle 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 2
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 4
Common Rustic 17
Dark Arches 1
Dot Moth 24
Double Square-spot 2
Dun-bar 3
Fan-foot 1
Fern 1
Haworth's Pug 3
Heart & Club 1
July Highflyer 3
Lackey 1
Least Carpet 3
Mottled Rustic 1
Nut-tree Tussock 3
Poplar Hawk-moth 2
Riband Wave 3
Scalloped Oak 4
Single-dotted Wave 2
Small Blood-vein 1
Small Emerald 2
Small Fan-foot 1
Small Fan-footed Wave 4
Small Rivulet 1
Straw Underwing 2
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
V-pug 2
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Achroia grisella 1 [NFG]
Eucosma conterminana 1 [NFG]
Agriphilsa straminella 4 [NFY]
Agriphila tristella 2 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 2 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1 [NFY]
Pyrausta aurata 1 [NFY]
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha dentella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis suavella 1
Anania coronata 2
Aphomia sociella 1
Argyresthia goedartella 2
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Bryotropha terrella 2
Carcina quercana 3
Celypha striana 2
Coleophora sp 1
Cydia splendana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 5
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Eudonia mercurella 2
Eurrhypara hortulata 1
Gypsonoma dealbana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
Pandemis heparana 1
Phyllonorycter coryli 1
Plutella xylostella 12
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Spilonota ocellana 5
Yponomeuta evonymella 3

Zeiraphera isertana 1

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Slender Brindle

Small Rivulet

Marbled Beauty

July Highflyer

Pebble Hook-tip

Achroia grisella

Eucosma conterminana

Heart & Club

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