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

Friday 16 June 2017

Back to garden trapping

Well what lovely weather we are currently having, with highs of 26 degrees recently and finally some lights winds the moths have really picked up here and new species are emerging at a huge rate of knots.
Nephopterix angustella made a return after 3 year's, a funny looking Pyralid with it's long elongate look and raised scales. 
It was also pleasing to catch the pretty Broad-barred White.

A Coleophora will also be added to the gen det list.

Catch Report - 12/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Broad-barred White [NFY]
1x Heart & Club [NFY]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFY]
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Buff-tip
1x Clouded Brindle
2x Common Swift
9x Common Wainscot
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Pug
1x Green Silver-lines
16x Heart & Dart
2x Large Nutmeg
2x Marbled Minor
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Riband Wave
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shears
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Snout
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Uncertain
3x Vine's Rustic
2x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Nephopterix angustella [NFY] 
2x Anania hortulata
1x Aphomia sociella 
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Celypha striana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Coleohora sp (to be gen det) 
4x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Emmelina monodactyla 
1x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Hedya pruniana
1x Tortrix viridana

Coleophora sp

Nephopterix angustella

Broad-barred White

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