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

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Catch Report - Monday 8th June 2009

Small Fan-foot

Clouded Border

Ephestia parasitella

Treble Lines

Lime Hawk-moth

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Mottled Beauty

Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana

Ingrailed Clay

Well the weather has turned abit iffy lately and its been hit and miss whether to bother putting the trap out, luckily my Cottage has a nice over-hang from the thatched roof so I can put it out still but instead of moving it further out into the garden, I tuck it right under....this sometimes has a negative effect as the nearer the trap is to the vertical sheet the less light covers the sheet, but it didn't seem to make a difference last night.
Very windy and light drizzle, the temperature actually rose from 10c at 10pm to 13.2c at 11.30pm, heavy rain started just as the Birds were starting to sing and that also meant that I got soaked to emptying the trap and putting the Moths in a safe place.
Best species last night included my first ever Ingrailed Clay ...not one but two turning up! smashing! and a very colourful micro which is probably Ephestia parasitella.
Lots of new for years aswell which is always a bonus, unfortunately the wind was strong enough to entangle a few species in Spider's Webs but luckily I rescued most of the helpless!

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

2x Ingrailed Clay [NFG]
1x Ephestia parasitella [NFG]
1x Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana [NFY]
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY]
1x Mottled Beauty [NFY]
1x Small Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Clouded Border [NFY]
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Uncertain [NFY]
4x Brimstone Moth
2x Willow Beauty
2x Udea Olivalis
3x White Ermine
3x Marbled Minor sp.
2x Spectacle
16x Heart & Dart
7x Buff Ermine
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Mompha subbistrigella
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Common Swift
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Small Magpie
2x Green Carpet
1x Light Emerald
2x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
3x Straw Dot

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