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

Wednesday 12 August 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 11th August 2009

Well after a much needed break away I returned back yesterday evening, drained and exhausted!

Last night I decided to start trapping again, weather was calm and mild at about 18c but clear skies prevailed.

Some great species awaited me this morning, with Flame Carpet, Lesser-spotted Pinion and Yponomeuta plumbella all being new for my Garden!

Less Moths about than before my holiday and the catch was mostly made up by Willow Beauty and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

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

Flame Carpet

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Flounced Rustic

Macro Moths

1x Flame Carpet [NFG]
1x Lesser-spotted Pinion [NFG]
8x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Mouse Moth [NFY]
3x Riband Wave
2x Angle Shades
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Dun-bar
1x Blood-vein
2x Straw Underwing
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Scorched Carpet
1x Magpie Moth
1x Silver Y
2x Common Wainscot
1x Garden Carpet
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Uncertain
9x Brimstone Moth
7x Flame Shoulder
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Common Rustic
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Small Square-spot
4x Large Yellow Underwing
31x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
19x Willow Beauty
1x Clouded Border
1x Marbled Beauty

Yponomeuta plumbella

Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis

Micro Moths

1x Yponomeuta plumbella [NFG]
1x Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis [NFY]
1x Agriphila geniculea [NFY]
1x Skin Moth Monopis laevigella
1x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
3x Ypsolopha sequella
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana
1x Acleris forsskaleana
4x Crambus perlella
2x Agriphila tristella
3x Catoptria falsella
1x Eudonia mercurella
2x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
2x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
1x Pyrausta aurata
4x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Endotricha flammealis

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