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 23 July 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 22nd July 2009

Another great night, not as many Moths about as yesterday, but more sodding wasps to deal with (there must be a nest near here somewhere?)

Best Moth of the night, a Small Mottled Willow an uncommon migrant, second year running that one has turned up, this year's example being in better condition, so very pleased with this one.

Also an interesting unknown Moth.

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

Dusky Sallow

Small Mottled Willow

Common Wainscot

Orthotelia sparganella

Macro Moths

2x Dark Umber [NFY]
1x Ruby Tiger [NFY]
1x Dusky Sallow [NFY]
1x Small Mottled Willow [NFY]
2x Least Carpet
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Single-dotted Wave
5x Riband Wave
1x Garden Carpet
1x Spruce Carpet
1x Small Rivulet
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Grey Pug
1x V-Pug
1x Magpie Moth
2x Brimstone Moth
4x Early Thorn
3x Scalloped Oak
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Peppered Moth
2x Willow Beauty
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Yellow-tail
7x Common Footman
1x Scarce Footman
2x Heart & Dart
3x Flame Shoulder
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
5x Double Square-spot
1x Dot Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Smoky Wainscot
1x Common Wainscot
1x Poplar Grey
4x Dagger sp.
3x Dun-bar
6x Dark Arches
1x Cloaked Minor
4x Common Rustic sp.
1x Small Dotted Buff
9x Uncertain
1x Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Silver-Y
2x Burnished Brass

Ypsolopha scabrella

Dioryctria sylvestrella

Micro Moths

1x Orthotelia sparganella [NFG]
1x Ypsolopha scabrella [NFY]
1x Dioryctria sylvestrella [NFY]
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Cnephasia sp.
1x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Crambus perlella
2x Udea prunalis
1x Catoptria falsella

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