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 27 May 2017

A huge catch headed by a new for County!

Well I thought Tuesday night was good for moth numbers...the next night on Wednesday blew that one out of the water completely! With no less than 44 species recorded and 16 new for the year species and one new for me and the garden.

The weather was warm again and up to 26 degrees in the daytime and not dropping below 16 degrees here in North Herts despite another clear night.

Something special that caught my eye was sitting on the top egg tray underneath the collar of the trap. It was a Pammene and I instantly said to myself 'flipping ell that's trauniana' having recently seen someone else catch one on social media. The moth was whisked over to Graeme for a second opinion and dissection just to be sure, it is indeed Pammene trauniana and new to the County of Hertfordshire!
Two rare Pammene's in just over a week (after last Tuesday's Pammene ignorata) is incredible and i'll be happy with this being my best moth of 2017 for the garden.

We do have a few small Field Maple trees about 400 metres from our house of which this moth feeds upon. 

Other bits of interest were a great big fat female Pale Tussock, the first time i've recorded a female in my garden trap and uncommon species for my garden such as Scorched Wing and
Teleiodes luculella.

Catch Report - 24/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brown Rustic [NFY] 
2x Common Wainscot [NFY]
1x Green Pug [NFY]
1x Ingrailed Clay [NFY] 
1x Peppered Moth [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty [NFY]
1x Scorched Wing [NFY]
1x Snout [NFY]
1x Tawny Marbled Minor [NFY] 
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Common Pug
1`x Common Swift
4x Flame Shoulder 
1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Carpet
6x Heart & Dart
3x Large Nutmeg
1x Light Emerald
1x Maiden's Blush
3x Mottled Pug
2x Orange Footman 
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Pale Tussock
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Waved Umber

Micro Moths

1x Pammene trauniana [NEW!]
1x Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Eudonia pallida [NFY] 
1x Evergestis forficalis [NFY] 
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
1x Scoparia ambigualis [NFY]
1x Stigmella sp (prob aurella) [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY]
3x Celypha lacunana
15x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Eulia ministrana
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella 
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Syndemis musculana

Green Pug

Pammene trauniana

Pale Tussock

Ingrailed Clay

Eudonia pallida

Teleiodes luculella

Cydia pomonella

Brown Rustic

Pyrausta aurata

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