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 18 June 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 17th June 2009


Swallow-tailed Moth

Orthopygia glaucinalis

Middle-barred Minor

Eudonia mercurella

Common Emerald

A massive list again and a very tiring morning, very pleased with 5! new for Garden species backed up by a further 5 new for year's and a few micro's to ID

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

1x Eudonia pallida [NFG]
1x Coleophora mayrella [NFG]
1x Grey Pug [NFG]
1x Shark [NFG]
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella [NFG]
1x Middle-barred Minor [NFG]
1x Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer [NFY]
1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis [NFY]
1x Common Emerald [NFY]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFY]
1x Epinotia immundana
4x Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
1x Clepsis spectrana Cyclamen Tortrix
1x Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix
2x Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix
2x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Crambus perlella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie
2x Udea olivalis
2x Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
1x Figure of Eighty
1x Blood-vein
6x Riband Wave
1x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Green Carpet
3x The Fern
1x Small Waved Umber
2x Common Pug
1x Scorched Wing
2x Brimstone Moth
14x Willow Beauty
3x Mottled Beauty
1x Clouded Silver
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Buff-tip
1x Pale Tussock
1x Common Footman
3x Buff Ermine
2x White Ermine
18x Heart & Dart
4x Heart & Club
8x Flame
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Small Square-spot
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Wainscot
2x Brown Rustic
4x Dark Arches
2x Clouded Brindle
1x Dusky Brocade
5x Marbled minor sp.
2x Uncertain
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Spectacle
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
5x Snout
2x Fan-foot
3x Small Fan-foot

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