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 1 August 2016

Mothing is keeping me busy!

Very busy! With so much to write up, I think the next few posts may be short on text! 
Last Sunday I did very well in the garden again, with some warm condition again it was pretty much perfect for moths.
Best moth was a new for year Tree-lichen Beauty (since then i've added a further two this year which is great to see)
A Lesser Common Rustic was also dissected and added to my garden list, it looked a good candidate from external features but these aren't always reliable alone, luck was with me and it was confirmed a couple of days ago.
Common Rustics are the commonest moth at the moment with 16 examples recorded.

Surprisingly Poplar Grey was a garden first...I'd never expect to see Poplar Lutestring 2 years prior to seeing this species.

Dark Sword-grass was my first decent migrant of the year.

Catch Report - 24/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFG]
Poplar Grey [NFG]
Dark Sword-grass [NFY]
Maple Pug 1 [NFY] 
September Thorn [NFY]
Square-spot Rustic 1[NFY]
Tree-lichen Beauty 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff Footman 1
Clay 1
Clouded Silver 1
Common Carpet 1
Common Footman 3
Common Rustic 16
Common Wainscot 1
Dark Arches 1
Dot Moth 7
Double-striped Pug 2
Double Square-spot 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fan-foot 1
Garden Carpet 1
Grey Dagger 1
Haworth's Pug 1
July Highflyer 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Least Carpet 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Marbled Beauty 2
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Riband Wave 4
Ruby Tiger 2
Scalloped Oak 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver-Y 6
Slender Brindle 1
Small Blood-vein 1
Small Rivulet 1
Straw Underwing 2
Uncertain 4
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 1
Yellow-tail 1

Micro Moths

Bryotropha domestica 1 [NFY] 
Recurvaria leucatella 1 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 1
Acrobasis advenella 1
Agriphila tristella 1
Anania hortulata 1
Aphelia paleana 1
Argyresthia brockeella 1
Argyresthia goedartella 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Bryotropha terrella 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 7
Clepsis consimilana 1
Coleophora sp 1
Endotricha flammelis 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eusonia lacustrata 2
Eudonia mercurella 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Oegoconia sp 1
Pandemis heparana 2
Pleuroptya ruralis 1
Plutella xylostella 3
Pyrausta aurata 1
Spilonota ocellana 4
Tachystola acroxantha 1
Yponomeuta evonymella 1

Dark Sword-grass

Lesser Commn Rustic

Poplar Grey

Tree-lichen Beauty

Ruby Tiger

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