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

Friday 15 May 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 14th May 2009

left : Rustic Shoulder-knot right: Large Nutmeg

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Common Pug

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Epiblema cynosbatella

Coxcomb Prominent

Another stonking catch for my cottage Garden, and another two new species, both Prominents and both just as beautiful as each other, the Coxcomb took ages to settle down for a pic but obligued in the end!
An influx of Diamond-back Moths has arrived from the continent, several people have reported 100-200 in traps run down Kent, 7 came to light last night which is a remarkable figure.

A perfectly conditioned late Clouded Drab had me guessing whether it was a Northern Drab but it was not to be!

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

1x Lesser Swallow Prominent [NFG]
1x Coxcomb Prominent [NFG]
7x Diamond-back Moth
2x Garden Carpet
5x Muslin Moth
4x Common Pug
1x Mottled Pug
2x Common Carpet
1x Garden Pebble
2x Heart & Dart
9x Brimstone Moth
1x Waved Umber
1x Pale Tussock
1x Chocolate-tip
1x Hebrew Character
1x Clouded Drab
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Scalloped Hazel
2x Scorched Carpet
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Large Nutmeg [NFG]
1x White Ermine
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Epiblema cynosbatella

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