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

Sunday 17 July 2016

Tuesday night in the garden

Another trapping session last Tuesday was well worth it again after a sultry and muggy day, the sky did clear a little but with a minimum temperature of 14 degrees.
The only problem was that damn wind and with the threat of the odd downpour but still come the morning there was a lovely selection of moths in and around the trap.
Another Acleris schalleriana explosion probably from the masses of pupa found a few weeks ago in the Viburnum bush outside our front window.
Two moths were completely new for my garden, both Yponomeuta rorrella and Phtheochroa rugosana. rorrella I may have over-looked in the past, but it is one of the doable Yponomeuta species with it's slight two-tone grey appearance.

Catch Report - 12/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Buff Footman 1 [NFY]
Common Emerald 1 [NFY]
Poplar Lutestring 1 [NFY]
Scarce Footman 1 [NFY] 
Short-cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Small Blood-vein [NFY]
Small Emerald 1 [NFY]
Beautiful Golden-Y 1
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Buff Arches 1
Burnished Brass
Clay 3
Clouded Brindle 1
Common Footman 5
Common Rustic 4
Dark Arches 2
Dot Moth 8
Double-striped Pug 1
Flame 1
Heart & Club 3
Heart & Dart 3
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 1
Mottled Beauty 2
Mottled Rustic 3
Riband Wave 1
Rustic 2
Silver-Y 2
Small Fan-footed Wave 2
Smoky Wainscot 2
Snout 2
Swallow-tailed Moth 3
Uncertain 5
V-Pug 1
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths

Phtheochroa rugosana 1 [NFG] 
Yponomeuta rorrella 1 [NFG]
Acleris forsskaleana 1 [NFY]
Epinotia abbreviana 2 [NFY]
Eucosma obumbratana 1 [NFY]
Notocelia cynosbatella 2 [NFY]
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1 [NFY]
Scoparia pyralella 1 [NFY]
Acleris schalleriana 6
Aphomia sociella 1
Anania coronata 1
Anania hortulata 2
Blastobasis lacticolella 2
Celypha lacunana 1
Clepsis consimilana 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Eudonia lacustrata 2
Eudonia mercurella 3
Gypsonoma dealbana 2
Plutella xylostella 2
Spilonota ocellana 1 
Udea prunalis 2
Zeiraphera isertana 2

Yponomeuta rorrella

Poplar Lutestring

Buff Footman

Eucosma obumbratana

Paraswammerdamia nebulella

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