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

Thursday 28 May 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 27th May 2009

Oak Hook-tip

Common Wainscot

left : Eyed Hawk-moth right: Privet Hawk-moth

Rustic Shoulder-knot variations


A superb night, mild calm and I expected a good return and wasn't let down, a new species in the form of an Oak Hook-tip really put the cherry on top! also two Hawks and a Light Brown Apple Moth...Epiphyas postvittana a Micro Moth that is quite scarce in my garden, variations of Rustic Shoulder-knot also turning up.

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

5x Brimstone Moth
5x Buff Ermine
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
9x Mottled Pug
2x Common Pug
1x Poss Triple-spotted Pug (won't record it as it flew off damn!)
1x Spectacle
5x Light Emerald
1x Small Waved Umber
4x Heart & Dart
1x Common Wainscot [NFY]
4x Willow Beauty
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFG]
1x Angle Shades
1x Pale Prominent
5x Common Marbled Carpet
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Pale Tussock
1x Bee Moth
1x Epiphyas postvittana (very pleased as I don't get many of these) [NFY]
2x Green Carpet
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Common Swift
1x Siver-ground Carpet [NFY]
3x Diamond-back Moth

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