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

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Garden Catch 18/07/18 - Trying to keep up!

An absoluely astonishing list for my garden of 96 species was recorded on the 18th of July, with at least 11 new for year species added to the running yearly total.

Of note were...

The conversaria form of Mottled Beauty, only my 3rd ever.

Acleris emargana, only the second garden record and first seen in 2014!

Argyresthia semitestacella, still an uncommon moth in the County, but seems to turn up in my garden on a near annual basis.

Ectoedemia decentella, tiny and very pretty, not common here.

Best moth of the night, was a tentative Tischeria dodonaea, which will be dissected for confirmation.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 390.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 18/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dusky Thorn
Large Yellow Underwing
Mottled Beauty
Straw Underwing

Micro Moths

Acleris emargana
Agriphila tristella
Argyresthia semitestacella
Ectoedemia decentella
Gracillaria syringella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Helcystogramma rufescens
Tischeria dodonaea (To be gen det and not yet added to year list)

Helcystogramma rufescens

Mottled Beauty f.conversaria

Argyresthia semitestacella

Acleris emergana

Dusky Thorn

Straw Underwing

Ectoedemia decentella

Gypsonoma dealbana

Large Yellow Underwing

Tischeria dodonaea?? possibly..

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