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

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Woah steady there boy!

After the last catch in the garden being a little low for this time of year, it was all guns a-blaze here once again.
Highlights are below, and there were plenty!

Not one, but two Netted Pug made it on the garden list. I trapped one the other night out in woodland. Never expected the garden to throw them up here, very pleased.. unfortunately one was deceased at the bottom of the trap. 

Elachista argentella, added to the garden list and moth species no.738, one I encounter frequently out in good grassy habitat, so a nice addition to the garden fauna.

A really pale Heart & Dart, almost a completely different species. I don't recall ever seeing one this pale before.

It was also nice to trap my annual one specimen of Figure of Eighty, a favourite of mine.

Overall, it was a BIG May catch for my garden.

There is still a Caloptilia species to check... haven't a clue what it is, it's so worn.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 192.

128 moths of 53 species to 250w MV Robinson Trap min 12c at 5:00am 

Catch Report - 25/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Figure of Eighty 1 [NFY]
Foxglove Pug 1 [NFY]
Ingrailed Clay 1 [NFY]
Knot Grass 1 [NFY]
Large Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Netted Pug 2 [NFG]
Peppered Moth 2 [NFY]
Scalloped Hazel 1 [NFY]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 2
Buff-tip 1
Common Marbled Carpet 3
Common Pug 5
Common Swift 1
Common Wainscot 6
Freyer's Pug 3
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 18
Large Nutmeg 5
Maiden's Blush 1
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 6
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
Silver Y 1
Spectacle 2
Treble Lines 5
Turnip Moth 2
Vine's Rustic 3
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths

Elachista argentella 1 [NFG]
Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Bucculatrix thoracella 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia sp 1 (TBC)
Ectoedemia decentella 1 [NFY]
Emmetia marginea 1 [NFY]
Ephestia sp 1 [NFY]
Scoparia ambigualis 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia trifasciata 1
Bucculatrix nigricomella 1
Bucculatrix ulmella 3
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella 1
Celypha lacunana 2
Diplodoma laichartingella 1
Elachista rufocinerea 1
Epiphyas postvittana 8
Mompha subbistrigella 3
Phyllonorycter harrisella 1
Parornix sp 1
Syndemis musculana 1
Teleiodes luculella 1
Udea olivalis 2

Blastobasis lacticolella

Ectoedemia decentella

Elachista argentella

Emmetia marginea

Ephestia sp

Figure of Eighty

Foxglove Pug

Heart & Dart

Ingrailed Clay

Large Yellow Underwing

Netted Pug

Peppered Moth

Scalloped Hazel

Scoparia ambigualis

Small Dusty Wave

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