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 27 July 2017

From the Moth Trap

Last Friday was a wet night for trapping moths but I persevered anyhow because of the mild weather and it was indeed well worth it!
With 61? species in total and some great garden records, but with a noticeable drop in numbers.

Highlights were year first species of Toadflax Brocade (I still never have trapped the first brood) and Bordered Pug (2nd garden record and last seen in 2014).

Also I had never trapped the often confused pair of species Lychnis and Campion together before until this night.

The weather is pretty changeable now and we are back to the unsettled weather just as the summer holidays start!

Catch Report - 21/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Bordered Pug [NFY] 
1x Lychnis [NFY]
1x Toadflax Brocade [NFY] 
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Campion
10x Common Rustic 
2x Dark Arches
2x Dot Moth
1x Double-striped Pug
3x Dun-bar
1x Early Thorn
2x Lackey
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Carpet
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Pug 
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Purple Thorn
1x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Scarce Footman
1x September Thorn
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart 
2x Silver-Y
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot 
4x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
1x Wormwood Pug
1x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Agriphila tristella
9x Agriphila straminella
12x Blastobasis adustella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella 
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Cydia splendana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Endotricha flammealis
1x Epiphyas postvittana
14x Eudonia lacustrata
7x Eudonia mercurella
1x Mompha ochraceella
2x Oegoconia sp
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
Bordered Pug


Lychnis & Campion


Toadflax Brocade

Wormwood Pug

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