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 28 September 2017

Recent highlights from my garden

Trapping most nights still here in Stevenage with mixed results.

I won't go into massive details due to time constraints but some of the catches have been around 80 moths of 25 species, dropping to 18 of 12 the other night on what I thought were favourable conditions!

Some lovely moths have kept me trying each night, and here are the best recently from my garden.

New Species and species of note for the Garden/Year Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Cypress Pug [NFG] (24/09/17) -  Trapped on Sunday night, this is only my second ever record of this species which I first saw during the Autumn of 2014 at Westbrook Hay in Hemel Hempstead. It is great to add it to the garden list and is Macro no. 318 and is the 19th new Macro moth this year which is incredible.

Acleris schalleriana (24/09/17) - A season first after recording it commonly in the Spring as it feeds from our mature Viburnum in the front garden. They come in a variety of forms and this particular one is stunning.

Depressaria sp pos badiella (24/09/17) - A rather worn and plain silvery Depressaria species was trapped on Sunday night and resembles badiella in some respect. If it was Depressaria badiella then it would be a garden first and a first for me. The specimen will be reatined for dissection.

Green-brindled Crescent [NFY] (25/09/17) - For the sixth year running, the common Green-brindled Crescent turned up right on que. Such a beautiful moth.

Grey-pine Carpet (26/09/17) - Both Spruce and Grey-pine carpets turned up on Tuesday night and made it easier to differentiate between the two species.

Spruce Carpet (26/09/17) - The commoner of the two species, both of the similiar Carpets turned up in Spring 2017 so I cannot add them to the year list!

Ypsolopha vittella [NFY] (27/09/17) - A second garden record of the rather non-descript Ypsolopha, Ypolopha vittella. This is a rare moth in our County and may get over-looked as a worn parenthesella of which I nearly did this morning during half-light and glad I potted it to double check later.

Black Rustic (27/09/17) - Not common in my garden, I maybe get 2 or 3 a year normally so it was nice to trap an even fresher example last night.
Acleris schalleriana

Black Rustic

Cypress Pug

Depressaria sp pos badiella

Feathered Thorn

Green-brindled Crescent

Left: Spruce Carpet Right: Grey-pine Carpet

Ypsolopha vittella

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