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 21 August 2017

Two recent catches from my back garden

Back from holiday and still processing how good France was, the reality kicked in on Saturday night when I ran my trap for the first time since the start of August.

Saturday night was cool and clear and not particularly good but last night was much better, warmer but unfortunately wetter with some good species for the garden such as Rosy Rustic and Ypsolopha alpella, the former I haven't seen for 3 years.
Numbers were very pleasing indeed all round.

A Silver-Y, Turnip Moth and White-point represented the only probable migrants (but possibly wanderer's).

Catch Report - 19/08/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

2x Orange Swift [NFY]
1x Clouded Border
2x Common Wainscot
18x Large Yellow Underwing
11x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Riband Wave 
7x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Straw Underwing
1x Square-spot Rustic
12x Vine's Rustic
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Agriphila geniculea [NFY] 
1x Bryotropha domestica [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana
3x Agriphila straminella 
1x Agriphila tristella
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Carcina quercana
1x Celypha lacunana 
2x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Epiphyas postvittana 
4x Pandemis corylana

Catch Report - 20/08/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Mouse Moth [NFY]
1x Rosy Rustic [NFY]
1x Square-spotted Clay [NFY]
3x Double-striped Pug
3x Brimstone Moth 
1x Cabbage Moth
3x Common Wainscot 
1x Dusky Thorn
3x Garden Carpet
1x Grey Dagger
22x Large Yellow Underwing
14x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Light Emerald
3x Orange Swift
3x Riband Wave 
15x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Spectacle 
6x Straw Underwing
1x Turnip Moth
17x Vine's Rustic
1x White-point
6x Willow Beauty
1x Wormwood Pug
1x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha alpella [NFY]
2x Agriphila straminella 
3x Agriphila tristella
1x Ambylptilia acanthdactyla
3x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bryotropha terrella
4x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Epiphyas postvittana 
2x Evergestis forficalis
2x Pandemis corylana
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Pyrausta aurata
Bryotropha domestica

Cabbage Moth

Grey Dagger

Mouse Moth

Rosy Rustic


Ypsolopha alpella


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