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 21 July 2017

Slowing down a little

After a record-breaking start to the summer for moths in our County, things have slowed down somewhat for the garden trap, still some interest about and it's usually the time to look out for quality as numbers get lower making it easier to spot moths that you otherwise may have missed. 

Monday night was a bit cooler but still warm enough for some activity.

Eucosma cana, despite being a common moth in the county and extremely common on field trips, it seems to be quite scarce in my garden and the one example on Monday night was the first since 2014.
Previous records are one example in 2014 and 8 in 2013.

Another Eucosma, Eucosma obumbratana turned up as a year first as well and certainly more regular being recorded in the last 4 years but with just 1 or 2 records per year.

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

1x Dusky Thorn [NFY]
1x Single-dotted Wave [NFY]
1x Vapourer Moth [NFY]
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Arches 
1x Buff Footman
1x Clay
1x Cloaked Minor
3x Common Footman
9x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
1x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
4x Dun-bar
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Grey Dagger
1x Haworth's Pug
2x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
2x Least Carpet
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Purple Thorn 
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
1x Rustic 
1x Scarce Footman
1x Silver-Y
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x V-Pug
3x Uncertain
2x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana [NFY[
1x Aspilapteryx tringipennella [NFY] 
1x Eucosma cana [NFY]
1x Eucosma obumbratana [NFY]
2x Pammene aurita [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana  
1x Acrobasis advenella
3x Acrobasis suavella
1x Agonopterix heracliana
9x Agriphila straminella
1x Anania coronata
1x Anania hortulata 
14x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bryotropha affinis 
1x Bryotropha terrella
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Coleophora sp
8x Cameraria ohridella
2x Cnephasia sp
2x Cydia spledana 
1x Ditula angustiorana
3x Endotricha flammealis
6x Eudonia lacustrata
7x Eudonia mercurella
2x Euzophera pinguis
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Pandemis heparana
5x Pleuroptya ruralis 
1x Plutella xylostella
2x Pyrausta aurata
8x Spilonota ocellana
4x Yponomeuta evonymella

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Dusky Thorn

Vapourer Moth

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Eucosma cana

Eucosma obumbratana

Euzophera pinguis

Maple Pug

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