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

Sunday 11 June 2017

A new for garden species and a great catch

Friday night and it was lights on!
I had decided to do a field trip on Saturday night (more about that to come soon!)

Some lovely moths were attracted to the trap including some good records for the garden such as another Small Clouded Brindle (a different marked specimen this time), a garden first Tawny Shears (unfortunately washed out) and the beautiful (uncommon for me) Enarmonia formosana.

The weather continues to be warm but very windy and most nights are clear with a full moon at present..not perfect mothing conditions but it's still been pretty good.

Catch Report - 09/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Tawny Shears [NFG]
1x Dark Arches [NFY]
1x Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Buff Ermine [NFY] 
1x Mottled Beauty [NFY]
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Uncertain [NFY]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Brown Rustic
1x Clouded Border
2x Common Pug
3x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Grey Pug
6x Heart & Dart
3x Ingrailed Clay
1x Light Emerald 
3x Marbled Minor
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Pale Oak Beauty
1x Peppered Moth
1x Riband Wave 
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot 
1x Small Clouded Brindle
3x Snout
1x Straw Dot
1x Vine's Rustic

Micro Moths

1x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFY]
1x Clepsis consimilana [NFY]
1x Cochylis molliculana [NFY]
1x Enarmonia formosana [NFY] 
1x Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana/stictiana [NFY]
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Anania hortulata 
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Celypha lacunana
4x Celypha striana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
1x Ephestia sp
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Epinotia bilunana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Hedya pruniana 
6x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
2x Pandemis cerasana
1x Scoparia ambigualis

Aleimma loeflingiana

Tawny Shears


Buff  Ermine

Enarmonia formosana


Pandemis cerasana

Small Clouded Brindle

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