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 20 July 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 19th July 2009

Another great night with 4 new for Garden species! lots of Moths around and the final count of 43 species of Macro Moths and 14 species of Micro Moths really sealed the lid on a cracking night.
Best Moth being the stunning Brown-line Bright-eye not to be confused with Bright-line Brown-eye, or more so often that it is, what a stunner, my picture does not do it justice!

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

Brown-line Bright-eye

Cloaked Minor

Small Seraphim

Macro Moths

1x Cloaked Minor [NFG]
1x Small Seraphim [NFG]
1x Brown-line Bright-eye [NFG]
1x Dusky Thorn [NFY]
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
2x Dingy Footman [NFY]
3x Scarce Footman
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
2x Magpie Moth
14x Common Footman
1x Currant Pug
3x Brimstone Moth
10x Uncertain
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Dun-bar
3x Early Thorn
6x Willow Beauty
1x Clouded Border
1x Snout
2x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
4x Smoky Wainscot
5x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Mottled Rustic
1x Drinker
3x Scalloped Oak
1x Fan-foot
6x Dark Arches
1x Light Arches
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
3x Common Rustic
2x Double Square-spot
1x Peppered Moth
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Chinese Character
1x Grey/Dark Dagger
1x Dot Moth
1x Buff Arches
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Clouded Silver
1x Marbled Beauty
1x V-Pug
1x Nut-tree Tussock

Cochylis hybridella

Micro Moths

1x Cochylis hybridella [NFG]
1x Trachycera advenella [NFY]
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
1x Epiblema trimaculana
1x Ypsolopha sequella
2x Crambus perlella
2x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
5x Crambus lathoniellus
3x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
5x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
3x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Endotricha flammealis

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