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

Wednesday 21 July 2021

A trio of catch results (11th, 12th & 14th of July)

A few catch results from the start of last week, i'm considering hiring a PA soon at this rate!

The weather remains settled and temperatures are starting to increase during the day, night-time the minmums are ranging between 13 and 15 degrees, apart from last night (15th) which was actually a little on the chilly side and I recorded just under 11 degrees, needless to say I gave the moths a rest.

Best moth was on the 12th, a garden first Round-winged Muslin.

Backed up by two garden rarities, Duponchelia fovealis (my 2nd) and Epagoge grotiana (my 3rd) 
Also a very odd thing happened for the first time this year, I didn't record a first brood Early Thorn, but luckily there was a 2nd brood example sitting in the trap on the 11th. 
Rhyacionia buoliana I haen't seen since 2014.

The POM lure did the business and lured a single Cydia pomonella one evening also.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 295.

11/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Early Thorn 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-foot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Cydia splendana 2 [NFY]
Elachista canapennella 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta rorrella 1 [NFY]

12/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Round-winged Muslin 1 [NFG]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-footed Wave 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Batia lunaris 1 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 1 [NFY]
Eucosma obumbratana 1 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 2 [NFY]
Hypsopygia glaucinalis 1 [NFY]
Sitochroa verticalis 1 [NFY]

14/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Aglossa pinguinalis 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha terrella 1 [NFY]
Crambus perlella 1 [NFY]
Cydia pomonella (to POM lure in the evening)
Duponchelia fovealis 1 [NFY]
Epagoge grotiana 1 [NFY]
Rhyacionia buoliana 1 [NFY]

Pleuroptya ruralis

Yponomeuta rorrella

Batia lunaris

Eudemis profundana

Round-winged Muslin

Scalloped Oak

Duponchelia fovealis

Rhyacionia buoliana

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