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 3 September 2017

Last night in the back garden

Continuing the theme of smaller content but hopefully more regular and manageable posts.

Last night I ran the trap again as you just never know what might fly into it given that we are in peak migrant season currently.

A new garden species was the highlight, a tiny Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella sitting on the collar of the trap which was swiftly potted up and photographed, a species that mines the leaves of Birch.

Old Lady was also a nice surprise, I don't see many of these and the sheer size of them against all of the other moths in the trap is breath-taking.

A garden second record of Argyresthia semitestacella was most welcome, very very similar to albistia but the general jizz of the moth is a longer more slender species with less contrast between the two colours but not always the case. 

Also a really dark Square-spot Rustic was worthy of a photo and a Flounced Rustic re-appeared after a few weeks absense.

New Species for the Garden/Year Report - 02/09/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella [NFG]
Argyresthia semitestacella [NFY]
Old Lady [NFY] 

Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella

Old Lady

Square-spot Rustic

Flounced Rustic

Argyresthia semitestacella

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