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 18 September 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 17th September 2009

Warmer nights coming I believe! last night was a good 14c most of the night, this morning sat at 12c.
Very few Moths outside with most in the trays around the trap and virtually nothing inside.
Still getting the last tatty summer Moths.
New for the year was (I think) a rather pretty Dotted Chestnut, which compared to my one last year, wasn't very 'Dotted'! and has now turned out to be a strikingly marked Dusky-lemon Sallow It's my third ever record so over the moon.
Also new for the Garden was Agonopterix subpropinquella (f.rhodochrella) This and Agonopterix propinquella are very hard to distinguish but the form f.rhodochrella has a distinct black collar near the head, which my little micro features.

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

Dusky-lemon Sallow

Dotted Chestnut from 2008 (which I got confused with)

Dusky-lemon Sallow (A typical form)

Macro Moths

1x Dusky-lemon Sallow [NFY]
1x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Large Yellow Underwing
7x Vine's Rustic
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Light Emerald
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Centre-barred Sallow
6x Lunar Underwing
2x Sallow
1x Black Rustic
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4x Square-spot Rustic
2x Willow Beauty

Agonopterix subpropinquella f.rhodochrella

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix subpropinquella f.rhodochrella [NFG]
1x Rush Veneer
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella

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