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

Monday 21 September 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 20th September 2009

A mild start to tonight with dominate cloud cover, then things again went pear-shaped and we lost the cloud cover and clear skies reigned most of the night.
A chilly start this morning with light fog and very damp. Lots of Moths which surprised me actually and a brand new beauty in the form of the superbly named Feathered Ranunculus a local species this far North-West of Essex and more situated in coastal regions.
Other Moths of note were new for year's of Barred Sallow, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Beaded Chestnut & Mallow phew! it never rains it pours!
also two Rush Veneer's and a good number of variations of Lunar Underwing with 20 individuals recorded.

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

Feathered Ranunculus

Beaded Chestnut

Blair's Shoulder-knot


Macro Moths

1x Feathered Ranunculus [NFG]
1x Barred Sallow [NFY]
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]
1x Beaded Chestnut [NFY]
1x Mallow [NFY]
5x Willow Beauty
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
4x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
20x Lunar Underwing
3x Sallow
7x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Black Rustic
3x Burnished Brass
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Square-spot Rustic
1x Common Wainscot
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Turnip Moth
1x Garden Carpet
1x Centre-barred Sallow

Micro Moths

1x Acleris variegana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
2x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella

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