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

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Big garden round-up over the last 5 nights

Lots of catching up to do, and a huge amount of year-listers added to the garden over the past 5 nights of generally warm nights (The coolest dropping to 9.6c and the warmest 13.8c).
The best moth has to be a garden first and moth species no.761 for the garden, a distinct Bactra furfurana from Monday night.
I looked at 3 Oiligia specimens from  Thursday night at the weekend and managed to dissect one as Tawny Marbled Minor.
Two Hawks on Sunday night were admired by my 3-year old son come Monday morning.
I've only listed new for year species below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 114.

03/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Brown Silver-line 1 [NFY]
Marbled Minor 2 [NFY] - Gen Det
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 [NFY] - Gen Det

Micro Moths
Mompha subbistrigella 1 [NFY] 

04/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Dwarf Pug 1 [NFY]
Light Brocade 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Mompha epilobiella 1 [NFY] 
Nematopogon schwarziellus 1 [NFY] 

05/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Yellow-barred Brindle 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Anania hortulata 1 [NFY]
Celypha striana 1 [NFY]

06/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Grey Pug 1 [NFY]
Light Emerald 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Poplar Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
White-point 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Argyresthia spinosella 1 [NFY]
Eulia ministrana 1 [NFY]
Udea olivalis 1 [NFY]

07/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Common White Wave 1 [NFY]
Mottled Rustic 1 [NFY]
Willow Beauty 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Bactra furfurana 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp (Grey with white costal streak TBC) 1 [NFY]
Crambus lathoniellus 1 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Scobipalpa costella 1 [NFY]

Brown Silver-line

Anania hortulata

Prays fraxinella/ruficeps

Tommie checking out the Hawks

Argyresthia spinosella

Poplar Hawk-moth

Udea olivalis

Bactra furfurana

Common White Wave

Mottled Rustic

Scrobipalpa costella

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