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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Moths at works trap - 29/06/21

Last night, I ran my trap at work and after sorting through it upon arival, I only managed 19 species, throughout the day and on tea break + lunch, I search the long grass and bushes near the trap, and ended up with 31 species in total! So very worth an extra rummage around.
Another Aethes tesserana was nice, again being the same yellowy colour form as the last one from here. A hint of migration with Dark Sword-gras, Silver Y and 6 Plutella xylostella.
There is a Scrobipalpa species to check that is incredibly worn (It probably is just acuminatana). 
All in all a pleasing catch under quite poor weather conditions for nearly July!

I'm hoping the night time temperatures increase a little higher than 10-12c, 15c seems quite optimal for prime moth activity, last year and the year before we were spoilt with lots of warm and humid nights (much to my wife's annoyance and her sleep!).

29/06/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap & 160w MBT Trap

Macro Moths
Beautiful Hook-tip
Dark Sword-grass
Dwarf Cream Wave
Garden Carpet
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Least Carpet 
Leopard Moth
Pine Carpet 
Scarce Footman
Turnip Moth
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
Micro Moths
Aethes tesserana 
Anarsia innoxiella
Bryotropha terrella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana 
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Crambus pascuella
Emmelina monodactyla
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Ephestia sp
Euzophera pinguis 
Homoeosoma sinuella 
Pandemis cerasana
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Scrobipalpa sp TBC
Scythropia crataegella

Scrobipalpa sp

Scarce Footman

Pine Carpet

Leopard Moth

Least Carpet

Euzophera pinguis

Endothenia sp

Dwarf Cream Wave

Dark Sword-grass

Beautiful Hook-tip

Anarsia innoxiella

Aethes tesserana

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