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

Saturday 5 September 2020

August Roundup - Garden report

August, in general was a funny old month. It started average temperature wise in the low to mid 20's and then by the second week we had 5 days of 30+ peaking at around 35 degrees on the 7th.

Night time temperatures were unbearable for sleeping, with at least 7 nights on a trot where the temperature did not drop below 18 degrees, in fact the warmest night was 22.5c on the 11th. 

I cannot remember it being +20c at night for such an extended period of time before.

The catches were rather sporadic and naturally went mad when it was warm, but there was a huge decrease in numbers of common species, in fact new for year species literally dried up at towards the end of August after the hot spell, and I went a full 6 trapping efforts not seeing any new species, this is most unusual.

But, it wasn't all bad. With 6 new species for the garden, pretty darn good after 8 years of trapping here.

We start on the 31st of July, the night before the month of August started.

Below are all of the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 460.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


Barred Hook-tip
Common Wainscot
Flounced Rustic
Least Yellow Underwing
Waved Black
Gelechia senticetella


Gypsy Moth [New Garden Moth no.747]
Mouse Moth
Agriphila tristella
Epinotia ramella
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phyllonorycter geniculella


Marbled Beauty
Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Bryotropha affinis
Eucosma campoliliana
Pammene regiana


Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella
Ypsolopha sylvella


Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella


Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza


Caloptilia falconipennella [New Garden Moth no.748]


Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Aglossa pinguinalis [New Garden Moth no.749]
Agriphila geniculea
Cedestis gysseleniella [New Garden Moth no.750]
Mompha raschkiella


Clay Triple-lines
Pretty Chalk Carpet [New Garden Moth no.751]
Pyralis farinalis


Oak Processionary
Plain Pug [New Garden Moth no.752]
Argyresthia bonnetella
Epinotia nisella
Pyrausta despicata


Hoary Footman
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Ypsolopha alpella


Orange Swift
Cochylis dubitana
Elophila nymphaeata


Frosted Orange
Agriphila straminella
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cydia amplana
Udea ferrugalis


Currant Pug
Catoptria falsella


Dewick's Plusia


Centre-barred Sallow


Monopis weaverella

Aglossa pinguinalis

Caloptilia falconipennella

Cochylis dubitana

Cydia amplana

Dewick's Plusia

Elophila nymphaeata

Gypsy Moth

Waved Black


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