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 12 June 2021

Garden moths - 10/06/21 - Warming up again!

Another good night on Thursday night and after another warm day, a warm night which didn't drop below 14.6c meant that diversity was still rather good.
These warm and humid nights certainly do wake up the micro moths, and there were plenty of new ones for the year observed. 
With less big moths in the trap, it allows me to pick out the specks of dust, err...micro moths.
Best species were an Argyresthia glabratella or laevigatella that needs dissection, a stunning Phtheochroa rugosana and a tatty Bucculatrix nigricomella.
For the Macros, two Shears were good records. I last saw this common grassland species 4 years ago in the garden!

Again, i've only listed new for year species below due to time constraints.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 134.

10/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Shears 2 [NFY]
Uncertain 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Archips podana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia glabratella or laevigatella 1 [NFY] [TBC]
Bucculatrix nigricomella 1 [NFY]
Ectoedemia decentella 2 [NFY]
Emmetia marginea 1 [NFY]
Epinotia bilunana 1 [NFY]
Hedya pruniana 1 [NFY] 
Phtheochroa rugosana 1 [NFY]
Tischeria ekebladella 1 [NFY] 

Archips podana

Argyresthia glabratella or laevigatella

Bucculatrix nigricomella

Ectoedemia decentella

Emmetia marginea

Epinotia bilunana

Hedya pruniana

Phtheochroa rugosana


Tischeria ekebladella


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