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

Sunday 20 August 2017

Catch up mothing!

I've had a busy last 3 weeks resulting in my blogging absense, apologies!

This catch was on a windy and wet but quite mild night back on the 02nd of August and my last home trapping effort before I went away on the 8th of August to SW France.

I'm glad I ran my trap actually as I was rewarded with 2 good but regular migrants for my garden, both Dark Sword-grass and White-point adding to the year list.

A second Vapourer for the year was most welcome as was the unusual looking
Epermenia chaerophyllella, another second example for the garden year list.

Catch Report - 02/08/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Dark Sword-grass [NFY] 
1x White-point [NFY]
1x Black Arches
3x Brimstone Moth
5x Common Rustic
1x Copper Underwing
1x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
6x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Thorn
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Green Carpet
1x Grey Dagger
2x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Maiden's Blush
1x Scarce Footman
1x September Thorn
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Spectacle
7x Straw Underwing
1x Vapourer Moth
1x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

1x Acentria ephemerella
2x Agriphila tristella
5x Agriphila straminella
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana 
10x Blastobasis adustella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella 
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Cochylimorpha straminea 
1x Cydia splendana
4x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Emmetia marginea
1x Epermenia chaerophyllella
1x Eudonia mercurella
1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Hypatima rhomboidella
1x Oegoconia sp
3x Pammene aurita 
1x Pandemis corylana
7x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Spilonota ocellana
1x Ypsolopha scabrella

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Vapourer Moth


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