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 13 July 2017

Weekly Round-up 04/07/17 to 11/07/17

It's been that good mothing this year that i'm really struggling to keep up and thus I have lumped my records together again as one big list of weekly moths (apologies to the innacurate data that I may provide at the end of the year). Juggling family life with moths and work is very difficult, particularly when you have less than an hour to go through 200+ moths of between 65 and 90 species every other morning, then photograph them after work and then process that and type up a list.

On top of all that i'm struggling to get up with the dreaded man flu!

So here is my weekly list of all the species and approximate numbers that i've recorded.

Some real crackers all week and several species new for the garden!

A second garden record of the ever-spreading Coronet was great to see as well as Anarsia innoxiella...will this recently seperated distinct species spread like Epiphyas postvittana and Tachystola acroxantha

The Miller and Barred Hook-tip were back after a 4 year absense and once again they are only my second garden records. 
Donacaula forficella was a welcome wetland wanderer which last appeared...guess when! in 2013 4 years ago again.

Sitochroa verticalis and Elachista atricomella were new for the garden.

Catch Report - 04/07/17 to 11/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Barred Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Black Arches [NFY] 
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Cloaked Minor [NFY]
1x Common Carpet [NFY]
8x Common Rustic [NFY]
1x Dusky Sallow [NFY]
1x Latticed Heath [NFY]
1x Pebble Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Scarce Footman [NFY]
1x September Thorn [NFY]
2x Slender Brindle [NFY]
4x Smoky Wainscot [NFY]
1x Yellow Shell [NFY]
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
4x Bright-line Brown-eye 
1x Broad-barred White
2x Buff-tip
4x Buff Arches
1x Clay
2x Clouded Border
2x Common Emerald
10x Common Footman
18x Common Rustic
2x Common Wainscot 
1x Coronet
25x Dark Arches
35x Dot Moth
5x Double-striped Pug
2x Double Square-spot
5x Dun-bar
10x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Early Thorn
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Fern 
1x Flame
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Grey Dagger
1x Heart & Club
3x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
1x Lackey
6x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Least Carpet
1x Leopard Moth
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
10x Mottled Beauty
6x Mottled Rustic
5x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Peach Blossom
3x Peppered Moth (inc first f.carbonaria for 3 years)
40x Riband Wave
2x Rustic
3x Scalloped Oak
2x Small Blood-vein
4x Small Emerald
26x Uncertain
8x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Elachista atricomella [NFG]
1x Sitochroa verticalis [NFG]
5x Acleris forsskaleana [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana [NFY]
1x Acrobasis advenella [NFY]
3x Acrobasis suavella [NFY]
1x Argyresthia albistria [NFY] 
1x Blastobasis adustella [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Carpatolechia fugitivella [NFY]
1x Clavigesta purdeyi [NFY]
1x Donacaula forficella [NFY]
1x Eudemis profundana [NFY]
2x Grapholita janthinana [NFY]
1x Gypsonoma sociana [NFY]
1x Helcystogramma rufescens [NFY]
1x Hypsopygia costalis [NFY]
3x Oegoconia sp [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana [NFY] 
1x Rhopobota naevana [NFY]
1x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha ustella [NFY]
5x Zeiraphera isertana [NFY] 
1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
6x Acleris schalleriana
5x Acentria ephemerella 
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana
10x Anania coronata
5x Anania hortulata
2x Archips podana
2x Archips xylosteana
1x Athrips mouffetella 
2x Batia lunaris
2x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Bryotropha affinis
1x Emmelina monodactyla 
14x Cameraria ohridella
2x Celypha striana
20x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Clepsis consimilana
3x Crambus pascuella
2x Cydia pomonella
2x Ditula angustiorana
1x Eana incanana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
25x Endotricha flammealis
2x Epiphyas postvittana
20x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Eudonia mercurella
10x Gypsonoma dealbana
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Mompha epilobiella 
1x Nemapogon sp
1x Pammene fasciana
2x Pammene regiana
1x Pandemis heparana
4x Phycita roborella 
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
5x Plutella xylostella 
1x Prays fraxinella
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
5x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
1x Scythropia crataegella  
25x Spilonota ocellana
2x Udea prunalis
25x Yponomeuta evonymella

Peppered Moth

Pebble & Barred Hook-tip

Grapholita janthinana

Zeiraphera isertana

Slender Brindle

Dusky Sallow

Hypsopygia costalis


Sitochroa verticalis

Donacaula forficella

Clavigesta purdeyi

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Bucculatrix thoracella

Black Arches

Acrobasis suavella

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