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

Saturday 4 July 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 30th June 2009

Lilac Beauty

July Highflyer

Short-cloaked Moth


left: Barred Yellow right: Beautiful Hook-tip

Another great catch and its taken my awhile to sort all of the records out, loads of new Moths for the year and a brand new species for my Garden, a July Highflyer which at first I thought was a Red-green Carpet!
I've no doubt missed a few and a couple of Moths escaped the trap but that's what happens sometimes!

Edit: Just had three Micro's confirmed as 3 new species for my Garden.

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

Macro Moths

1x July Highflyer [NFG]
1x Lilac Beauty [NFY]
1x Brown-tail [NFY]
1x Small Fan-footed Wave [NFY]
1x Short-cloaked Moth [NFY]
3x Scalloped Oak [NFY]
1x Dun-bar [NFY]
1x Maple Prominent [NFY]
1x Engrailed
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Early Thorn
5x V-Pug
7x Orange Moth
3x Small Dusty Wave
5x Dark Arches
2x Clouded Brindle
7x Uncertain
1x Mottled Rustic
2x Marbled Minor sp.
3x Buff Ermine
5x Riband Wave
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Willow Beauty
8x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Clouded Border
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Blood-vein
3x Common Footman
2x Common Emerald
1x Treble Brown-spot
3x Barred Yellow
3x Heart & Dart
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Buff-tip
5x Flame
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Barred Straw
1x Scarce Footman
2x Burnished Brass
4x Heart & Club
3x Clouded Silver
1x Blotched Emerald
1x Double Square-spot
1x Small Emerald
1x Straw Dot
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot

Micro Moths

1x Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella [NFG]
1x Hedya ochroleucana [NFG]
1x Hedya salicella [NFG]
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis [NFY]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY]
2x Eudonia mercurella
2x Cnephasia sp.
1x Udea olivalis
2x Agapeta hamana
2x Crambus lathoniellus
8x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
1x Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana
1x Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla
3x Celypha Striana
3x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Emmelina monodactyla

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