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 6 July 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 5th July 2009

Clear and calm but abit cooler and a full moon, this didn't seem to put the Moths off with good amounts of Riband Wave, Uncertain & Common Footman
New for my Garden was a slightly tatty Small Scallop, a great species though and you can see where it gets its name from!
Also a few micros to confirm yet....
Confirmed micro's featured below now, 5 new Micro species for my Garden which is fantastic.

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

Marbled Beauty

Small Scallop

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing


Macro Moths

1x Small Scallop [NFG]
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Marbled Beauty [NFY]
21x Riband Wave
2x Short-cloaked Moth
4x Brimstone Moth
25x Common Footman
2x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Silver
4x Orange Moth
3x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Common White Wave
1x Engrailed
3x Least Carpet
32x Uncertain
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Maple Prominent
6x Swallow-tailed Moth
7x Scalloped Oak
2x Clay
2x Marbled Minor
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Scarce Footman
1x V-Pug
5x Dun-bar
1x Mottled Beauty
6x Flame
2x Early Thorn
4x Willow Beauty
3x Heart & Club
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
4x Heart & Dart
1x Snout
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Small Emerald
1x Common Emerald
1x Single-dotted Wave
3x Smoky Wainscot
1x Common Carpet
1x Buff Arches
1x Dark Arches
1x Double Square-spot
1x Small Yellow Wave

Pammene regiana

Acleris forsskaleana

Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis

Pempelia formosa

Epinotia abbreviana

Euzophera pinguis

Micro Moths

1x Euzophera pinguis [NFG]
1x Dioryctria simplicella [NFG]
1x Pempelia formosa [NFG]
1x Epinotia abbreviana [NFG]
1x Pammene regiana [NFG]
1x Acleris forsskaleana
4x Agapeta hamana
5x Crambus perlella
3x Emmelina monodactyla
6x Cnephasia sp.
6x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
1x Endotricha flammealis
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
1x Udea prunalis
3x Udea olivais
1x Eudonia mercurella

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