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 21 July 2019

Muggy days and humid nights

That's the flavour of most of the mothing nights here recently (with only last night and the night before feeling cool and between 9 and 12 degrees).
Tuesday night was just right and the trap was very busy indeed come the morning with well over 70 species.

Some great species were seen, including scarce species for my garden, Poplar Lutestring, Scarce Silver-lines and Slender Brindle.
Limnaecia phragmitrella was only my second garden record.

The most interesting moth was a very dark Agonopterix sp, which could be ciliella or a long shot...cnicella.
Specimen retianed for dissection.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 334.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Dusky Sallow 1 [NFY]
Maple Pug 2 [NFY]
Poplar Lutestring 1 [NFY]
Scarce Silver-lines 1 [NFY]
September Thorn 1 [NFY]
Slender Brindle 1 [NFY]
Vapourer 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Agonopterix sp TBC
Limnaecia phragmitrella 1 [NFY]
Mompha propinquella 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta sedella 1 [NFY]

Agonopterix sp

Dusky Sallow

Maple Pug

Poplar Lutestring

Scarce Silver-lines

September Thorn

Vapourer Moth

Yponomeuta sedella

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