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 8 September 2009

Catch Report - Monday 07 September 2009

Well I decided to switch to my 40w Actinic Trap last night in the Garden to see if any different species would turn up.
There is alot of discussion about when to use certain bulbs, and the Actinic after much research tends to sort the better Spring/Autumn species out, I will look into this further and try to find out why.
It didn't surprise me to find a typical end of Summer/beginning of Autumn species in the trap this morning, in the shape of a Lunar Underwing.

tch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 40w Actinic Trap

Lunar Underwing

Macro Moths

1x Lunar Underwing [NFY]
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Lesser Yellow Underwing
9x Square-spot Rustic
15x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Small Square-spot
1x Turnip Moth
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Brimstone Moth
4x Small Dusty Wave
2x Willow Beauty
1x Garden Carpet
1x Light Emerald
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Common Wainscot
2x Copper Underwing
1x Mouse Moth
1x Vine's Rustic

Acleris Variegana

Micro Moths

1x Acleris variegana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Catoptria falsella

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