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 8 July 2019

Very busy return from holiday! Trap burstingly good

Well, the species really are racking up in my garden as of late, with 23 added on Friday night which made sifting through the trap on Saturday morning a busy one.
Normally it takes me around 10 minutes to go through my trap and look around the trap and on the walls etc, Saturay morning...we were looking at nearly an hour to pot stuff, check bits and log the new ones for the year, all good fun!

Highlights out of the 23 were Leopard Moth, Sycamore, Sitochroa verticalis, Coleophora conspicuella and Eana incanana. All of which are usually very scarce in my garden (although Eana incanana is having a bumper year so far with 12 records).
Coleophora conspicuella is great to see again, after adding it to the Herts County list last year, since..John Chainey & Jenny Spence, Grame Smith and myself have found the workings of the cases fairly numerous in several areas between the North-east and East of the County.
Certainly a spreading species, and rapid at that!
Two other micros are pending gen det, both a Bryotropha (which could be basaltinella) and Grapholita that doesn't look like the typucal janthinana that I usually get (A little bigger and more suffused with golden scales).

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 294.

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


Macro Moths

Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
July Highflyer 1 [NFY]
Leopard Moth 1 [NFY]
Scarce Footman 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-footed Wave 1 [NFY]
Sycamore 1 [NFY]
V-Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acrobasis suavella 2 [NFY]
Ancylis achatana 1 [NFY]
Batia lunaris 1 [NFY]
Carcina quercana 1 [NFY]
Coleophora conspicuella 1 [NFY]
Cydia splendana 1 [NFY]
Eana incanana 2 [NFY]
Endotricha flammealis 3 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 1 [NFY]
Hypsopygia costalis 1 [NFY]
Mompha ochraceella 1 [NFY]
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 4 [NFY]
Sitochroa verticalis 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes vulgella 1 [NFY]

Acrobasis suavella

Batia lunaris

Carcina quercana

Coleophora conspicuella

Eana incanana

Hypsopygia costalis

Grapholita sp



Sitochroa verticalis

Paraswammerdamia nebulella

Leopard Moth

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