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

Things just get better and better

After Monday night's successful field trip, it was back to the trusty old garden and it wasn't a bad catch at all.
Almost all of the night's recently have been clear but warm (up to 25 degrees daytime)  with no moon and with little wind, it hasn't hampered things too much at all in fact my catches are slightly above average to what I normally expect this time of year.

There was a mini explosion of Epiphyas posvittana the Australian adventive that has well and truly taken over this Country, and there's a new(ish) kid on the block that could go the same way soon. 2 year first Tachystola acroxantha, a regular Aussie in my garden now.

Syndemis musculana also reappeared after a year's absence. 

Another 9 new for year's was most welcome!

Catch Report - 23/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
2x Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Small Waved Umber [NFY]
1x Yellow-barred Brindle [NFY] 
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Dart
1x Mottled Pug
1x Orange Footman
1x Pale Tussock
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
1x Endrosis sarcitrella [NFY]
1x Eulia ministrana [NFY]
1x Syndemis musculana [NFY]
2x Tachystola acroxantha [NFY]
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Caloptilia robustella/alchimiella
14x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Notocelia cynosbatella

Eulia ministrana

Large Nutmeg

Marbled Minor

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