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

Thursday 6 July 2017

A belated catch-up with some unbelievable garden records!

Again i'm playing catch up with catches from the 21st/22nd and 24th of June combined as i'm just too knackered to do the full list so here are the new species for my garden before I went jetting off to the South of France.
Here are all of the new ones making the year list total increase dramatically during a warm spell with muggy mild nights.

Highlights were garden firsts of Reddish Light Arches, Coronet, Blackneck, Argyresthia retinella, Endothenia nigricostana, Apotomis capreana and Hypsopygia glaucinalis.

And it was also pleasing to complete the resident Hawk-moth list for the garden with Pine Hawk-moth. 

Garden Mothing has never been so good!!

And things haven't let up at all with my first catch from last night (after getting back from France) a huge 150+ moths of 70+ species.
The warm weather continues for the rest of the week with highs of 30 possible by the end of the week and tonight is looking fantastic so I will be lighting up again. 

Catch Report - 21/22/24/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Blackneck [NFG] 
1x Coronet [NFG] 
1x Pine Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Reddish Light Arches [NFG]
1x Beautiful Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Clay [NFY]
1x Dun-bar [NFY]
1x Ghost Moth [NFY]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFY] 
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY] 
1x Oak Nycteoline [NFY]
1x Pale Prominent [NFY] 
1x Peach Blossom [NFY] 
1x Poplar Lutestring [NFY]
1x Rustic [NFY]
1x Scalloped Oak [NFY] 
1x Shaded Pug [NFY]
1x Short-cloaked Moth [NFY]
2x Small Emerald [NFY]
2x Small Fan-footed Wave [NFY]
1x Small White Wave [NFY]
1x Small Yellow Wave [NFY]
1x Varied Coronet [NFY]
1x Wormwood Pug [NFY]
1x Yellow-tail [NFY]
Micro Moths

1x Apotomis capreana [NFG]
1x Argyresthia retinella [NFG]
1x Endothenia nigricostana [NFG]
1x Hypsopygia glaucinalis [NFG]  
1x Acentria ephemerella [NFY] 
1x Acrobasis consociella [NFY]
1x Anania coronata [NFY]
1x Anania ruralis [NFY]
1x Argyresthia goedartella [NFY] 
1x Argyresthia pruniella [NFY] 
1x Athrips mouffetella [NFY]
1x Bryotropha affinis [NFY]
1x Eana incanana [NFY]
1x Endotricha flammealis [NFY] 
1x Epagoge grotiana [NFY] 
1x Epinotia abbreviana [NFY]
1x Nemophora degeerella [NFY]
1x Ostrinia nubilalis [NFY]
1x Pammene fasciana [NFY]
1x Phycita roborella [NFY]
1x Phycitodes binaevella [NFY]
1x Piniphila bifasciana [NFY]
1x Udea prunalis [NFY] 

Endothenia nigricostana

Ostrinia nubilalis

Pine Hawk-moth

Small Yellow Wave

Apotomis capreana


Reddish Light Arches



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