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 4 June 2017

Back to garden trapping

I returned form my hols on Friday and as a warm night was predicted with a little bit of cloud cover, I setup the trap ready for darkness to come.
By the morning the trap was quite full and there was plenty of interest.
The temperature didn't get much below 15 degrees all night despite a clear start to the day at 5am on Saturday morning.

It was great to see Lime Hawk-moth again after a 3 year absense in my garden, this use to be one of my commonest Hawk-moths where I use to live and i'd regularly trap 8-10 a year, and this is only my second ever garden example in 5 years of trapping here.
Also the micro moth Rhyacionia pinivorana returned after 3 years as well.

The best was yet to come with two new for garden species!! One each of Small Clouded Brindle and
Incurvaria oehlmanniella.

That now brings me up to 13 new species for the garden this year so far which is pretty good considering i've been trapping regularly here for 5 years and have a healthy 592 species recorded in that time period.

Catch Report - 02/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Clouded Brindle [NFG]
1x Clouded Border [NFY] 
1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
1x Foxglove Pug [NFY]
1x Lime Hawk-moth [NFY]
2x Mottled Rustic [NFY]
1x Poplar Hawk-moth [NFY] 
3x Riband Wave [NFY]
1x Small Fan-foot [NFY]
3x Brimstone Moth 
2x Brown Rustic
2x Buff-tip 
1x Clouded Silver
2x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Common Pug 
6x Common Swift
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet
1x Green Carpet
14x Heart & Dart
4x Ingrailed Clay
6x Large Nutmeg
3x Marbled Minor 
2x Mottled Pug
4x Orange Footman 
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Pale Oak Beauty
2x Scorched Wing 
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Silver-Y
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Snout
2x Straw Dot
5x Vine's Rustic
7x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Incurvaria oehlmanniella [NFG]
1x Celypha striana [NFY] 
1x Coleophora sp (to be gen det) [NFY]
2x Ephestia sp [NFY]
2x Hedya pruniana [NFY] 
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]
1x Notocelia uddmanniana [NFY]
1x Rhyacionia pinivorana [NFY]
1x Udea olivalis [NFY]
2x Anania hortulata
1x Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Crambus lathoniellus
6x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Scoparia ambigualis 
2x Syndemis musculana 

Celypha striana

Clouded Brindle

Coleophora sp

Foxglove Pug

Small Clouded Brindle

Scorched Wing

Lime Hawk-moth

Ephestia sp

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Rhyacionia pinivorana

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