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

Thursday 18 June 2020

Crazy catch

A rather superb catch on Monday night here in my little garden in North-east Stevenage and with some really stand-out species featuring.

The day had been sweltering with high humidity and highs of 25 degrees, it felt a lot hotter (I was strimming all day at work).

The trap was brimming with moths at 4am. I somehow have done a bit of brain training and get up pretty much on the dot, half hour of sorting moths and then back to bed for an hour and a half!

60 species was quite remarkable for here.

Best moths of the nights were two garden second records of the beautiful Scarlet Tiger and the rather non-descript Dotted Rustic.
White Satin is also uncommon here too, a smashing example.

Swallow Prominent was a bit of a surprise, between broods and not encountered here in June before.

Some of the moths are still refusing to have their photos taken, so will be released tonight.

To get 15 new species was quite remarkable, that's 31 new species over 3 nights here.

15 new species were added to the running total.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 261.

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 14c at 4:00am

Catch Report - 15/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Blue-bordered Carpet 1 [NFY]
Common Footman 1 [NFY]
Dotted Rustic 1 [NFY]

Eyed Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Haworth's Pug 1 [NFY]

July Highflyer 1 [NFY]
Light Brocade 1 [NFY]
Pine Hawk moth 1 [NFY]
Scarlet Tiger 1 [NFY]

Scorched Wing 1 [NFY]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]
White Satin 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Blotched Emerald 1
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic 2
Common Pug 3
Foxglove Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Green Silver Lines 1
Heart & Club 5
Heart & Dart 11
Large Nutmeg 1
Light Emerald 4
Mottled Beauty 1
Mottled Pug 1
Orange Footman 2
Pale Oak Beauty 2
Privet Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Silver Y 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Snout 2
Swallow Prominent 1
Treble Lines 1
Uncertain 3
Willow beauty 3

Micro Moths

Cydia fagiglandana 1 [NFY]
Plutella xylostella 1 [NFY]
Pterophorus pentadactyla 2 [NFY]
Aleimma loeflingiana 5
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Anania hortulata 5
Archips xylosteana 12
Celypha lacunana 3
Celypha striana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella 4
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Crambus pascuella 3
Emmelina monodactlya 2
Ephestia sp 2
Hedya nubiferana 1
Hedya pruniana 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Pandemis cerasana 5
Pterophorus pentadactyla 2
Tortrix viridana 2
Udea olivalis 1

Common Footman

Dotted Rustic

Eyed Hawk-moth

July Highflyer

Light Brocade

Pterophorus pentadactyla

Scarlet Tiger

Scorched Wing

Smoky Wainscot

White Satin

Haworth's Pug

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