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 5 November 2018

Tieing up loose ends and new for year species for the beginning of August

With the new for year species dropping dramatically after the long, almost never-ending Summer that we've had this year, it felt fitting to limit my posts and include the new for year species from multiple evenings.
So here are the latest batch of new additions to the year list from the end of July to the first week of August.

Some really good moths in this time period, that i'm normally away on holiday.

4 new for garden species were the highlight, and all micro's. Two were even completely new moths for me, the pine feeding Ocnerostoma sp, which needs dissection to take it to species level and
Bucculatrix albedinella, a really cruddy shot of it in a pot was the best I  managed before squashing it by accident getting it out of the pot :/

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 463.

Here are the new for year species.

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

Common Rustic - 03/07/18 (Missed from my reports)

Phyllonorycter corylifoliella - 23/07/18 [NFG]

Ptycholomoides aeriferana - 27/07/18 [NFG]

Bucculatrix albedinella - 28/07/18 (Confirmed now by dissection) [NEW!]

Enarmonia formosana - 28/07/18

Eucosma cana - 28/07/18

Ocnerostoma piniariella/friesei - 28/07/18 [NEW!] (To be dissected)

Pandemis corylana - 28/07/18

Tinea semifulvella - 29/07/18

Dark Sword-grass - 03/08/18

Small Square-spot - 05/08/18

Epinotia nisella - 05/08/18

Mompha propinquella - 05/08/18

Catoptria falsella - 07/08/18

Toadflax Pug - 07/08/18

Ocnerostoma piniariella/friesei

Pandemis corylana

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Small Square-spot

Enarmonia formosana

Dark Sword-grass - really dark!

Common Rustic

Mompha propinquella

Catoptria falsella

Bucculatrix albedinella

Epinotia nisella

Toadflax Pug

Phyllonorycter corylifoliella

Tinea semifulvella - knackered

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