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 12 September 2016

On my return...

I had just arrived back from Turkey on the 22nd of August...it was quite warm and the evening looked good enough for a spot of British mothing so the light went out with high expectations.

I came back to the peak flight time of Orange Swift it appeared with 8 individuals to the trap and probably the most i've recorded at one time in the garden.

14 Brimstones was also a population explosion for my garden!

Most of the new species for the year were Micros with 5 in total.

I thought that the micro Emmetia marginea was new for the year but it wasn't as I had found a mine earlier on in the year but it was nice to record an adult albeit a bit tatty.

On the migrant front I got Silver-Y, Plutella xylostella and Udea ferrugalis.
Catch Report - 22/08/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Orange Swift 8 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 14 
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Common Wainscot 5
Double-striped Pug 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Maiden's Blush 1
Maple Pug 1
Marbled Beauty 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
Small Square-spot 1
Spectacle 1
Silver-Y 1
Straw Underwing 1
Square-spot Rustic 8
Willow Beauty 9

Micro Moths

Agriphila geniculea 1 [NFY] 
Bucculatrix ulmella 1 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY]
Stenolechia gemmella 1 [NFY] 
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Agriphila straminella 1
Agriphila tristella 1
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 5
Anthophila fabriciana 1
Cameraria ohridella 1
Caloptilia alchimiella 2
Dichrorampha sp 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Emmetia marginea 1
Epiphyas postvittana 6
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
pandemis corylana 1
Pleuroptya ruralis 2
Plutella xylostella 1

Bucculatrix ulmella

Emmetia marginea

Stenolechia gemmella

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