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

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Catch Report - Monday 24th August 2009

Freezing this morning outside, a real Autumn nip in the air! let's have some more Summer first though!
10c and very chilly, although when putting he trap out it was 19c at 9pm.
Some lovely Moths this morning including a few new for year's, notably Centre-barred Sallow and Feathered Gothic, the Sallow's being one of my favourite group of Moths and over the next few weeks we should start seeing more of these species, particularly as the leaves start turning a rich golden-brown a drop to the floor, this helps these Moths to camouflage.

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

Centre-barred Sallow

Feathered Gothic

Macro Moths

1x Centre-barred Sallow [NFY]
1x Feathered Gothic [NFY]
13x Square-spot Rustic
2x Single-dotted Wave
3x Snout
3x Light Emerald
7x Willow Beauty
9x Vine's Rustic
5x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
6x Flame Shoulder
14x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Common Wainscot
9x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Orange Swift
1x Angle Shades
1x Garden Carpet
1x Mouse Moth
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Turnip Moth
3x Straw Underwing
2x Copper Underwing
1x Svensson's Copper Underwing
1x Silver-Y
3x Spectacle
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Straw Dot
1x Small Square-spot

Micro Moths

2x Crambus perlella
6x Agriphila geniculea
3x Agriphila tristella
2x Catoptria falsella
1x Yponomeuta sp.
1x Eudonia angustea
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Apotomis betuletana
2x Emmelina monodactyla

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