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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Monday 31 July 2017

4 days of mothing and a change of weather

I've been pretty lazy lately updating my blog and so here is a combined list of moths including all of the new for year species since the 22nd of July until the 30th.
In the time I trapped 4 times and each time the catch has got slightly lower each time.
This slow down I usually expect to see at the end of August, but with species such as Square-spot Rustic, Rosy Rustic and Straw Underwing it kind of feels like that time of year already.

Some great new moths for the year last week including the rarely seen Nutmeg (with just 3 records now for the garden and last seen in 2014).
Nutmeg is a strange one for me. It seems to have poor years for about 5 or 6 consecutive years then an explosion happens like in 2012 where I trapped no less than 220 over two traps on the farm at Braughing Friars. 
Also Ypsolopha scabrella, which was a garden first in 2013 returned after a four year absence and not just one but 4 over the week and all different specimens as they were potted up.

Udea ferrugalis was recorded as well, a migrant that has turned up for the last 5 years running and my earliest garden record by 29 days, I actually caught two of them on different nights which was pleasing.

Last week saw a spurt of migrants with a year first Nomophila noctuella also recorded and no less than 35 Silver-Y's over the week.

Unbelievably I missed out on Copper Underwing last year, a common moth and which was a year first on the 28th of July.

But saving the best until last was a new Macro Moth for the garden and a truly un-welcome visitor if you work for DEFRA, the Oak Processionary Moth. Really pleased to trap this presumed wanderer from it's stronghold population in the Thames Valley and in many districts of London.
Unfortunately, it was in a pretty dire state but it still counts and I believe only the second record for Hertfordshire.

The year list now sits on 414 species with the year totals so far being 
2016 - [372] 2015 - [401] 2014 - [423] 2013 - [385] 

So I need 9 species to level with the best year in 2014, that should be easily attainable with about 20 common species 'expected' to turn up before the year ends.

That is all for now... back to trapping for me.

Catch Report - 22/07/17 to 30/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Oak Processionary [NEW!] 
3x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFY] 
1x Nutmeg [NFY]
1x Straw Underwing [NFY]
1x White-spotted Pug [NFY]
1x Blood-vein
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
76x Common Rustic
2x Common Wainscot
2x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
1x Dot Moth
5x Double-striped Pug
3x Dun-bar
1x July Highflyer
1x Knot Grass
5x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Lychnis 
1x Maiden's Blush 
5x Maple Pug
5x Mottled Beauty
8x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pale Prominent 
1x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
5x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
5x Shuttle-shaped Dart
35x Silver-Y
1x Small Waved Umber 
1x Smoky Wainscot 
4x Straw Dot
1x Tree-lichen Beauty
3x Turnip Moth
3x Uncertain
2x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Catoptria pinella [NFY]
1x Epinotia tenerana [ NFY]
1x Hypatima rhomboidella [NFY] 
1x Nomophila noctuella [NFY] 
1x Phyllonorycter geniculella [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter messaniella [NFY]
2x Udea ferrugalis [NFY]
4x Ypsolopha scabrella [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana 
2x Acrobasis advenella 
5x Acrobasis suavella
3x Agriphila tristella
45x Agriphila straminella
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
4x Argyresthia albistria 
45x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bucculatrix ulmella
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Coleophora sp
2x Cydia fagiglandana 
2x Cydia pomonella
2x Cydia splendana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella 
4x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Endotricha flammealis
1x Epiphyas postvittana
35x Eudonia lacustrata
30x Eudonia mercurella
2x Evergestis forficalis  
1x Lyonetia clerkella
4x Pammene aurita
1x Pammene fasciana 
1x Pandemis corylana 
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
45x Pleuroptya ruralis
15x Spilonota ocellana
4x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Ypsolopha sequella 

Cydia fagiglandana

Epinotia tenerana

Hypatima rhomboidella

July Highflyer

Nomophila noctuella


Oak Processionary

Peppered Moth

Turnip Moth

Udea ferrugalis

Ypsolopha scabrella


  1. Interesting as my potential oak processionary from Luton is in my freezer awaiting a proper inspection. Is not yet on beds list I believe

  2. Interesting as my potential oak processionary from Luton is in my freezer awaiting a proper inspection. Is not yet on beds list I believe

  3. Hi Andy. Nope I don't think it is. Worn Nut-tree Tussocks can look very similiar though! I hope you have one as well.