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

Friday 21 August 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 20th August 2009

Again it was mild before going to bed, roughly 18c, this morning though under clear skies the temperature has dropped away to 11c, not so many Moths around but a welcome Canary-shouldered Thorn and 2 new Micros for the Garden list, Epermenia falciformis which is listed as a scarce species & Pine Leaf-mining Moth (Clavigesta purdeyi)

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

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Macro Moths

1x Canary-shouldered Thorn [NFY]
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
9x Square-spot Rustic
4x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
2x Single-dotted Wave
2x Early Thorn
1x Straw Dot
3x Double-striped Pug
12x Brimstone Moth
13x Large Yellow Underwing
34x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
32x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Orange Swift
11x Flame Shoulder
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Dark Sword-grass
7x Straw Underwing
1x Mouse Moth
2x Six-striped Rustic
2x Flounced Rustic
6x Vine's Rustic
2x Lime-speck Pug
5x Common Rustic
2x Green Carpet
1x Copper Underwing
2x Riband Wave
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
2x Garden Carpet
2x Scorched Carpet
2x Light Emerald
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Old Lady
3x Angle Shades
2x Cloaked Minor
1x Pale Mottled Willow
3x Silver-Y
1x Spectacle

Epermenia falciformis

Pine Leaf-mining Moth Clavigesta purdeyi

Strawberry Tortrix Acleris comariana

Micro Moths

1x Epermenia falciformis [NFG]
1x Pine Leaf-mining Moth Clavigesta purdeyi [NFG]
1x Strawberry Tortrix Acleris comariana [NFY]
9x Agriphila geniculea
5x Agriphila tristella
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
3x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
4x Eudonia mercurella
4x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
2x Emmelina monodactyla

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