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 9 July 2009

Catch Report - Monday 6th July 2009

Another fantastic catch tonight, most of the usual species turning up but with 4 surprises, 3 being very big ones! 2 Female Oak Eggar's and a Male aswell as a stunning Peach Blossom.
The weather continues to be abit unsettled and rain is expected on saturday.

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

Oak Eggar

Dagger sp.


Peach Blossom

Macro Moths

3x Oak Eggar [NFG]
1x Peach Blossom [NFG]
1x Yellow-tail [NFY]
1x Dagger sp. [NFY]
1x Buff Arches
1x Figure of Eighty
1x Small Emerald
2x Common Emerald
1x Blood-vein
3x Least Carpet
4x Small Fan-footed Wave
3x Small Dusty Wave
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Treble Brown-spot
13x Riband Wave
1x Garden Carpet
1x Barred Straw
1x Fern
1x V-Pug
2x Green Pug
2x Clouded Border
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Early Thorn
6x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Scalloped Oak
3x Orange Moth
1x Mottled Beauty
4x Willow Beauty
1x Clouded Silver
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Buff-tip
1x Brown-tail
8x Common Footman
2x Buff Ermine
1x Short-cloaked Moth
5x Heart & Club
2x Heart & Dart
2x Flame
3x Flame Shoulder
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Dot Moth
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Clay
4x Smoky Wainscot
2x Dark Arches
3x Marbled Minor
11x Uncertain
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Spectacle
3x The Fan-foot

Oegoconia sp.

Micro Moths

1x Oegoconia sp. [NFG]
1x Eucosma cana [NFG]
3x Cnephasia sp.
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
3x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
4x Crambus pascuella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla

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