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 3 September 2016

Massive catch-up ensues

I'm going to be brief because I am way behind!
This is a catch from the 30th of July! 
With such a poor start to 2016 and into early summer things weren't much better. And then it all just happened and July and August has seen some fantastic quality of records for Hertfordshire.
On the 30th of July I recorded some great species in my garden, with Recurvaria nanella, Piniphila bifasciana, Coleophora hemerobiella, Swammerdamia pyrella and Carpatolechia fugitivella all new moths for my garden and backed up by uncommon garden Macro species such as Dusky Sallow and Old Lady.

Catch Report - 30/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Dusky Sallow 1 [NFY]
Engrailed 1 [NFY]
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3 [NFY]
Magpie Moth 1 [NFY]
Old Lady 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brimstone Moth 2
Clay 1
Common Footman 1
Common Rustic 7
Dark Arches 6
Dot Moth 11
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
July Highflyer 2
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Maple Pug 2
Marbled Beauty 2
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Peach Blossom 1
Pebble Hook-tip 1
Riband Wave3
Rustic 2
Silver-Y 2
Small Fan-footed Wave 2
Straw Underwing 4
Square-spot Rustic 1
Tree-lichen Beauty 2
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths

Carpatolechia fugitivella 1 [NFG] 
Coleophora hemerobiella 1 [NFG] 
Piniphila bifasciana 1 [NFG]
Swammerdamia pyrella 1 [NFG]
Agapeta zoegana 1 [NFY] 
Argyresthia pruniella 1 [NFY]
Cydia Pomonella 1 [NFY]
Acentria ephemerella 2
Acleris forsskaleana 1
Acrobasis advenella 1
Agriphila tristella 3
Alucita hexadactyla 1 
Anania hortulata 3
Blastobasis adustella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 1
Endotricha flammelis 5
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Eudonia mercurella 3
Pleuroptya ruralis 1
Plutella xylostella 10
Spilonota ocellana 2

Argyresthia pruniella

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Coleophora hemerobiella

Magpie Moth

Old Lady

Piniphila bifasciana

Ypsolopha scabrella

Recurvaria nanella

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