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 13 August 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 12th August 2009

A great catch again, I always think that when I trap on succesive nights that I might just trap the same species as previous, today proved how this theory is wrong, with a handful of different species gracing theb sheet & trap, including Twenty Plume, Common White Wave, Burnished Brass, Maple Prominent, Small Waved Umber, Turnip Moth, Honeysuckle Moth, Lesser Yellow Underwing...etc etc its just amazing how one night can differ from another.

The star of the catch this morning was a new Moth for me being a Bordered Straw, generally a summer migrant to our shores and for one that has crossed the English Channel, and possibly even the Mediterranean Sea it was in pretty good shape!
It is said that paler individuals are more likely to come from Desert regions, interesting theory!

Another first was a Agonopterix purpurea a scarce species only recorded a few times in Essex.

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

Bordered S

Marbled Beauty

Six-striped Rustic

Macro Moths

1x Flame Carpet [NFG]
1x Bordered Straw [NFG]
1x Six-stiped Rustic [NFY]
14x Willow Beauty
5x Single-dotted Wave
15x Brimstone Moth

1x Common White Wave
1x Maple Prominent
1x Burnished Brass
9x Riband Wave
6x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Marbled Beauty
2x Small Waved Umber
6x Common Wainscot
22x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
4x Straw Underwing
1x Small Square-spot
7x Setaceous Hebrew Character

11x Flame Shoulder
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Tur
nip Moth
2x Lime-speck Pug
4x Common Rustic
1x Black Arches
1x Yellow Shell
2x Spectacle

1x Copper Underwing
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Dingy Footman
1x Uncertain
1x Dark Arches
2x Square-spot Rustic
1x Least Carpet
2x Silver-Y

1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Green Carpet

5x Straw Dot

Agonopterix purpurea

Brown China-mark
Elophila nymphaeata

Micro Moths

Agonopterix purpurea [NFG]
1x Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata
1x Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla
Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
7x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Crambus pascuella
Agriphila geniculea
4x Crambus perlella
Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella
3x Agriphila tristella
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
1x Pyrausta aurata
3x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Eudonia mercurella
3x Cnephasia sp.
2x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
2x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Celpha lacunana
1x Oegoconia sp.

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