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 11 July 2016

Superb garden trapping from last week

Another great catch after a really cold night on Tuesday night when I thought it would be suicide putting the trap out..just 8 degrees was the night-time maximum which is absurd for the 05th of July.
Nevertheless the night after looked much better and with a minimum of 15 degrees..almost double of the previous nights temperature.

An exceptionally pleasing total of 74 species of moth observed.

Some really good moths were found including a garden first Wood Carpet.

Wood Carpet use to be quite a scarce moth, but in this last week I have recorded it in 3 different locations, is it just having a really good year? I think so indeed...a very pleasing record for my garden.

Other moths of note included a year first Red-necked Footman and a beautifully marked Mottled Rustic with really dark margins to it's wings.

Peach Blossom was also nice to see having not seen it in the garden since 2013.

Catch Report - 06/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Wood Carpet 1 [NFG] 
Mottled Beauty 2 [NFY]
Peach Blossom 1 [NFY]
Varied Coronet 1 [NFY]
Red-necked Footman 1 [NFY] 
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-footed Wave 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Beautiful Golden-Y 1
Blood-vein 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 6
Brimstone Moth 2 
Clay 1
Clouded Brindle 2
Common Carpet 1 
Common Footman 8
Clouded Silver 2
Common Wainscot 1
Common White wave 1
Dark Arches 12
Dot Moth 3
Double-striped Pug 1
Double Square-spot 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fan-foot 4
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 2
Haworth's Pug 2
Heart & Club 3
Heart & Dart 6
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 6
Light Emerald 2
Mottled Rustic 5
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Peppered Moth 2
Riband Wave 10
Satin Beauty 1
Silver-Y 2
Small Fan-foot 1
Smoky Wainscot 1
Snout 1
Spectacle 1
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 
Treble Brown-spot 2
Uncertain 20
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths

Blastodacna hellerella 1 [NFY] 
Carcina quercana 1 [NFY]
Crambus pascuella 1 [NFY] 
Pandemis heparana 1 [NFY]
Pterophorus pentadactyla 1 [NFY] 
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 1
Anania hortulata 2
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella3
Clepsis consimilana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Ephestia sp 3
Eudonia lacustrata 2
Eudonia mercurella 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Oegoconia sp 2
Pandemis cerasana 2
Phycita roborella 2
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Udea olivalis 1
Udea prunalis 2
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Varied Coronet

Wood Carpet

Mottled Rustic

Red-necked Footman

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