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

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Into September with a few new species!

This catch was from the 04th of September and featured a good array of late Summer early Autumn species and amongst other things, not just two new species for my garden but two new species I had never seen before!
Both Ypsolopha vittella and Phyllonorycter geniculella. Phyllonorycter geniculella was to be expected as I have oodles of Sycamore near me and probably should look for the leaf mines shortly as well, such a pretty but tiny delicate moth.

These two new additions bring the garden species list to a whopping 598 since my first trapping effort on the 17th of August 2012.

Turnip Moth was new for the year as was Sallow, Centre-barred Sallow and Lunar Underwing. Sallow... after a two year gap of not seeing one in the garden which I find odd, is a common moth out on field trips.

A late and mint Common Rustic was worthy of note, these surely must be coming to an end by now!

Also a trickle of migrants seem to still be reaching my trap and although with still very warm day-time temperatures we are slowly losing out to the overnight chill that we typically see in Autumn.
Catch Report - 04/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Centre-barred Sallow 1 [NFY] 
Lunar Underwing 1 [NFY]
Sallow 1 [NFY]
Turnip Moth 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 4
Brimstone Moth 3
Cabbage Moth 1
Common Rustic 2
Copper Underwing 2
Common Wainscot 2
Dusky Thorn 3
Flounced Rustic 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 19
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Snout 1
Square-spot Rustic 1
Vine's Rustic 2
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths

Phyllonorycter geniculella 1 [NEW!] 
Ypsolopha vittella 1 [NEW!]
Acleris sparsana 1 [NFY]
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Agriphila tristella 1
Blastobasis adustella 2
Byrotropha domestica 1
Carcina quercana 1
Celypha lacunana 2 
Clepsis consimilana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eudonia pallida 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Pandemis corylana 1
Plutella xylostella 2
Stigmella sp 1

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Ypsolopha vittella


Eudonia pallida

Copper Underwing

Common Rustic

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