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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 24 August 2017

Last night from the garden trap

Yesterday I switched my trap on at about 8.30pm and it was already getting dark, the long Summer nights are already a thing of the past.
We had a lovely dinner and games night with friends and all the while I could see moths flying in towards the trap.
By 10pm there was quite a few moths already to the light, but I was confident that after midnight things would be even better and indeed by 6am this morning the trap was  'heaving' by my garden standards with over 50 Large Yellow Underwing and 25 Vine's Rustic.
In third place was Setaceous Hebrew Character with 22 examples.

Both Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Dark Arches turned up again, I can't remember the last time I saw both of these together this year. 

A single Copper Underwing was checked and revealed a year first
Svensson's Copper Underwing which was pleasing.

A second record for the year of the second brood of Toadflax Brocade is always pleasing as they are such smart looking moths. I must add that I have yet to record the first brood here!

Cochylimorpha straminea was found on the edge of the perspex collar, a rare grassland moth for my garden, but a mere 6 miles away in decent grassland habitat i've caught hundreds in just one night! Maybe they don't like to stray too far from their happy environment.

There were also some very pleasing micro moths, firstly Dichrorampha simpliciana was new for the garden and the 28th new micro moth species for the garden this year bringing the total to 308.

Also second brooded Tachystola acroxantha, a rogue Acentria ephemerella, a stunning little Phyllonorycter geniculella and 2 year first species Epinotia ramella and Ypsolopha parenthesella made up the best of the rest.

All in all very pleasing considering it was cool and clear this morning.

Catch Report - 23/08/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Svensson's Copper Underwing [NFY]
2x Angle Shades
5x Double-striped Pug
6x Brimstone Moth 
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Cabbage Moth
4x Common Wainscot 
1x Dark Arches
2x Garden Carpet
1x Iron Prominent
1x Knot Grass
53x Large Yellow Underwing
18x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Light Emerald 
2x Maiden's Blush 
1x Nutmeg
4x Orange Swift
3x Pale Mottled Willow
5x Riband Wave 
22x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart 
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Small Square-spot
1x Snout
1x Spectacle  
1x Straw Dot
3x Straw Underwing
1x Toadflax Brocade
2x Turnip Moth
25x Vine's Rustic
1x White-point
11x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Dichrorampha simpliciana [NFG]
1x Epinotia ramella [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha parenthesella [NFY]
1x Acentria ephemerella
5x Agriphila straminella 
8x Agriphila tristella
2x Ambylptilia acanthdactyla
5x Blastobasis adustella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Cydia pomonella
5x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
3x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Mompha propinquella
1x Pammene aurita
2x Pandemis heparana
1x Phyllonorycter geniculella
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Tachystola acroxantha

Small Dusty Wave

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Epinotia ramella

Dichrorampha simpliciana

Cochylimorpha straminea

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Toadflax Brocade

Orange Swifts

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