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 11 November 2018

The rest of August wrapped up

Here are the rest of my August highlights from the 8th to month end in my garden here in Stevenage.

Highlights were..

Red Underwing, only my second garden record and last (first) seen in 2016, unfortunately the damn thing escaped my massive food container that I tried to pot it in, it was mint as well :/ 
Fortunately on the same night I managed to succesfully pot my 3rd garden record of Stenolechia gemmella, not a common moth for me over the years and nice to see.

Apotomis betuletana was only a 4th garden record, a common moth on field trips in Birch woodland, but alas the garden does not have much Birch in the vicinity so it is an uncommon Tortrix here. 

Bedellia somnulentella was a good record on the 10th of August and only my second ever in 12 years (both from my garden here in Stevenage). A hedge bindweed feeder, of which the plant is abundant on our back fence and along the adjacent bridleway. 

A late Broad-barred White was found in the trap on the 21st, an annual visitor here but only as singletons. I usually encounter it in June and July.

Cacoecimorpha pronubana was found during a rare spot of gardening this year and not a regular here, a male...I have still yet to record a female in my garden of this sexually dimorphic species.

Best until last, 4 new for garden species were recorded during August, Peacock Moth, Feathered Gothic, Pyrausta despicata and Cryptoblabes bistriga.

What a month! And to think that the last 10 years i've always holidayed during this period, missing at least two weeks of mothing in August...maybe the good records were showing what I was missing!

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 486.

Here are the new for year species for August.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Acleris schalleriana - 14/07/18 (Missed from previous posts!) I have over 40 records now from 2018

Yponomeuta sedella - 14/07/18 (Again, missed from previous posts!) Second garden record

Red Underwing - 08/08/18

Stenolechia gemmella - 08/08/18

Agriphila geniculea - 09/08/18

Bedellia somnulentella - 10/08/18

Ypsolopha parenthesella - 16/08/18

Flame Carpet - 17/08/18

Pyrausta purpuralis - 17/08/18

Pyrausta despicata - 18/08/18 [NFG]

Centre-barred Sallow - 19/08/18 (2)

Six-striped Rustic - 19/08/18

Cryptoblabes bistriga - 19/08/18 [NFG]

Peacock Moth - 20/08/18 [NFG]

Apotomis betuletana - 20/08/18

Broad-barred White - 21/08/18

Eudemis profundana - 21/08/18

Epinotia ramella - 24/08/18

Cypress Pug - 27/08/18

Flounced Rustic - 27/08/18

Cacoecimorpha pronubana - 28/08/18

Feathered Gothic - 28/08/18 [NFG]

Pale Mottled Willow - 28/08/18

Pale Mottled Willow

Acleris schalleriana

Agriphila geniculea

Apotomis betuletana

Bedellia somnulentella

Broad-barred White

Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Flame Carpet

Feathered Gothic

Epinotia ramella

Cypress Pug

Cryptoblabes bistriga

Centre-barred Sallow

Flounced Rustic

Peacock Moth

Pyrausta despicata

Pyrausta purpuralis

Six-striped Rustic

Stenolechia gemmella

Yponomeuta sedella

Ypsolopha parenthesella

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