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

Monday 17 July 2017

Saturday night from the moth trap

Back to trapping last night and after a dull and gloomy day with temperatures really struggling to hit 20 degrees under cloudy skies, the night was hopefully going to be cloudy most of the night.

Indeed with lows of 16 degrees it wasn't bad at all but numbers have slowly dropped off recently but the new species keep on coming and 5 possibly 6 new for year's were observed and all being micros.

There is still a potential Argyresthia glaucinella, a species I recorded in Bedfordshire 3 weeks ago for the first time. If this is right it will be the 3rd County record, it's such a tiny moth at 6mm long.

But better still I recorded a new species for myself, Gelechia senticetella

Catch Report - 15/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
1x Buff Ermine
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
7x Common Footman
5x Common Rustic
2x Dark Arches
3x Dingy Footman
3x Dot Moth
3x Double Square-spot
3x Dun-bar
1x Engrailed
1x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Dart 
1x Knot Grass
2x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
3x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Peppered Moth
5x Riband Wave
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
2x Scarce Footman
1x Scorched Carpet
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Blood-vein
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Smoky Wainscot
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Uncertain
2x Yellow-tail
Micro Moths

1x Gelechia senticetella [NEW!]
1x Argyresthia glaucinella [NFG]??Pos 
1x Aphelia paleana [NFY]
1x Catoptria pinella [NFY]
1x Cydia splendana [NFY]
1x Paraswammerdamia nebulella [NFY] 
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
1x Acrobasis advenella
2x Acrobasis suavella
3x Agriphila straminella
2x Anania coronata
2x Anania hortulata
8x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bryotropha terrella
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Coleophora sp
1x Cydia pomonella 
2x Ditula angustiorana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Endotricha flammealis
1x Epiphyas postvittana
5x Eudonia lacustrata
3x Eudonia mercurella
2x Oegoconia sp
1x Pammene aurita
1x Pammene fasciana
1x Pandemis heparana
3x Pleuroptya ruralis
7x Spilonota ocellana
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Zeiraphera isertana

Aphelia paleana

Argyresthia glaucinella

Bryotropha terrella

Catoptria pinella

Cydia pomonella

Cydia splendana

Dingy Footman ab stramineola

Gelechia senticetella

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Ruby Tiger

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