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

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Calm before the storm

On Sunday night I ran the trap in the garden after another mild day.
We did get some rain at some point in the night as the outside egg trays were damp but the temperature was a pretty respectable 15 degrees still at 5am.
The wind was the main problem and this only got worse yesterday and into today halting trapping for a few nights.

Here's a strange one to start off with, the Micro Moth Cochylimorpha straminea is an abundant moth out in the field at the moment with hundreds to the traps but here in the garden...just 3 records over 5 years! And the 3rd record was on Sunday night and very welcome indeed.

Middle-barred Minor was also new for the year, one I missed out on last year and then two come along at once!

A few migrants made it to the trap as well, two examples of both Silver-Y and Plutella xylostella.

A great sight also was a Lesser Stag Beetle which I don't see many of in my garden.

The weather i'm keeping a close eye on and hope to get the trap out tomorrow.

Catch Report - 04/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common White Wave [NFY]
2x Middle-barred Minor [NFY]
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Brown Rustic
2x Buff-tip
2x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Common Swift 
1x Common Wainscot
1x Green Pug
10x Heart & Dart
3x Ingrailed Clay
5x Large Nutmeg 
1x Light Emerald
1x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Rustic 
2x Riband Wave
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot 
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Silver-Y
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Vine's Rustic
4x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Cochylimorpha straminea [NFY]
1x Cochylimorpha straminea [NFY]
1x Eudonia lacustrata [NFY] 
1x Nemapogon cloacella [NFY]
1x Tortrix viridana [NFY]
1x Aphomia sociella 
1x Argyresthia spinosella
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Crambus lathoniellus 
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Notocelia uddmanniana
2x Plutella xylostella
3x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Udea olivalis

Argyresthia spinosella

Common White Wave

Middle-barred Minor

Nemapogon cloacella

Notocelia uddmanniana

Tortrix viridana

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