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

Friday 10 April 2020

Micro madness

That's right, the micro's last night outnumbered the Macros on species! It was also a good opportunity to get my eye in and pick out the small stuff, and there were quite a few to be potted up which was great!
Two need double checking, the tiny Stigmella might not be doable, but we'll see. The Ocnerostoma on the other hand, I hope to get dissected soon.
I've recorded this species before in my garden, but never got it dissected so just aggregated it, it could be one of two species, either friesei or piniariella.

Also, the Ruby Tiger pupa that I found a few weeks back hatched this afternoon, another year tick.

To get 8 new for year in early April is extremely pleasing.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 48.

25 of 15 to 125w MV

Catch Report - 09/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Oak-tree Pug 1 [NFY]

Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 5
Common Quaker 5
Clouded Drab 2
Early Thorn 2
Streamer 1

Micro Moths

Caloptila rufipennella 1 [NFY]
Stigmella/Ectodemia sp TBC 1 [NFY]
Endrosis sarcitrella 1 [NFY]
Mompha subbistrigella 1 [NFY]
Ocnerostoma sp 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1 [NFY]
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Emmelina monodactlya 3

Caloptila rufipennella

Endrosis sarcitrella

Mompha subbistrigella

Ocnerostoma sp

Phyllonorycter quercifoliella

Stigmella/Ectodemia sp

Ruby Tiger

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