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 3 May 2020

Buff-tip very welcome and a much needed wander

Another fairly mediocre catch last night here in Stevenage with just 5 moths turning up to the light.

One species was added to the year list, a chunky Buff-tip, such an incredible looking moth that mimics the end of a cut off Birch twig.

In the afternoon I took an hour walk out to the local wooded field margins and managed to notch up 8 species swept from rather damp grass which wasn't ideal and disturbed from low hanging branches.
I targetted a large Copper Beech in the middle of a field and was rewarded with several of Phyllonorycter maestingella and a single messaniella.
An early Crambus lathoniellus was also nice, I reckon it'll produce a few more species this week as the temperature starts to climb.

Tonight looks fairly mild and importantly still so the trap is out again, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 93.

5 moths of 5 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap min 7c at 5:00am

Catch Report - 02/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Buff-tip 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 1
Common Pug 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Daytime Wander - 03/05/20 - Great Ashby field margins - North Herts

Adela reamurella 2
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1
Elachista rufocinerea 1
Incurvaria masculella 3
Phyllonorycter maestingella 10
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1
Syndemis musculana 1 

Crambus lathoniellus

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Syndemis musculana

Field margin  5 minutes away

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