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 26 June 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 25th June 2009

Haworth's Pug

Dingy Shears

Endotricha flammealis

Superb conditions we are having at the moment, very warm and muggy days (not so nice for us or my Asthma!) followed by quite still warm nights, tonight was no exception with a mean temperature of about 14c all night, the trap was swarming this morning and it took quite awhile sorting through.
Best Moth of the night a tiny non-descript Pug, only really identifiable by its bright orangey-peachy abdomen and lack of black forewing spots..turning out to be my first Haworth's Pug a good record for Essex and listed as Scarce ERDB.
Another Moth new was Dingy Shears, another plainish looking Moth but another tick for the garden!

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

1x Dingy Shears [NFG]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFG]
3x Ghost Moth [NFY]
4x Endotricha flammealis [NFY]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY]
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana [NFY]
3x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
8x Riband Wave
1x Figure of Eighty
2x Small Dusty Wave
1x Treble Brown-spot
1x Common Carpet
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Blue-bordered Carpet
1x Small Waved Umber
2x Common Pug
3x Green Pug
1x Clouded Border
3x Barred Yellow
2x Scorched Wing
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Orange Moth
5x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Pale Prominent
1x Clouded Silver
1x Lime Hawk-moth
4x Common Footman
2x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
13x Heart & Dart
6x Heart & Club
3x Small Square-spot
1x Double Square-spot
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Smoky Wainscot
2x Dark Arches
5x Clouded Brindle
7x Uncertain
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Burnished Brass
2x Straw Dot
6x Snout
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
3x Small Fan-foot
1x Udea olivalis
1x Crambus perlella
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Cnephasia sp.
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Eudonia mercurella
2x Hedya pruniana
1x Celypha lacunana

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