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 2 June 2017

Catching up from last week

I'm a bit behind as I have been away all week to Bath and Bristol and so these catches are from the end of last week and weekend.
I didn't take my trap with me but luckily still had my net in the car and a few pots and did manage to see some lovely moths at dusk using my torch and net, including a new species for me....but i'm getting ahead of myself a bit and going back to last Friday I caught some lovely moths in the back garden with plenty of new species to be pleased about.

After a warm day and a clear night which didn't drop below 14 degrees, there was a pleasing amount of moths in the trap.

3 years ago I last saw an Eyed Hawk-moth and it was great to get a lovely fresh specimen in the trap.

Also a nicely marked Ingrailed Clay had me scratching my head for a moment.

Catch Report - 26/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clouded Silver [NFY]
1x Eyed Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Light Brocade [NFY]
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot 
2x Flame Shoulder
3x Garden Carpet
1x Green Carpet
4x Heart & Dart 
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Light Emerald
1x Mottled Pug 
1x Orange Footman
1x Peppered Moth
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Anania hortulata [NFY] 
1x Bucculatrix ulmella [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter coryli [NFY] 
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella [NFY]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFY]
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Caloptila alchimiella/robustella
2x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Mompha subbistrigella
3x Notocelia cynosbatella

Bucculatrix ulmella

Eyed Hawk-moth

Ingrailed Clay

Light Brocade

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

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