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

Monday 22 June 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 21st June 2009

Double Square-spot

Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta

Dwarf Cream Wave

Common White Wave

Blue-bordered Carpet

Well after having a few days off to let the Moths 'settle' it was back to getting up stupidly early and all seemed worth it with 4 new species including a new Garden record.
The weather looks set to improve this coming week with temperatures predicted upto 26c, so should be absolutely ideal for Moth trapping in the evenings.

Also I had confirmed yesterday by my County recorder David Allen that the two Moths that I suspected were Dark Brocade were indeed that species, being only the 13th & 14th records for the county.
see http://bensale-essexmoths.blogspot.com/2009/05/catch-report-tuesday-19th-may-2009_21.html
for the Moth in question.

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

1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta [NFG]
1x Double Square-spot [NFY]
1x Blue-bordered Carpet [NFY]
1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Treble Brown-spot
1x Common White Wave
1x Green Pug
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Small Square-spot
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Clouded Border
5x Middle-barred Minor
2x Marbled Minor sp.
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Blood-vein
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Barred Straw
1x Spruce Carpet
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Fern
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Orange Moth
4x Willow Beauty
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Buff-tip
2x Common Footman
1x Buff Ermine
15x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
3x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
3x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Snout
5x Uncertain
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
3x Lozotaenia forsterana
2x Celypha striana
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Hedya pruniana
2x Crambus pascuella
2x Emmelina monodactyla