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

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Sunday 23 May 2010

Field Trip - Braughing - Saturday night

Decided that because this warm weather is not likely to last that i'd run 3 traps at my parents house in Braughing, just over the border and into Hertfordshire.
Again a clear sky was forecast and it was abit chilly, but with temperatures reaching 28c daytime, it took quite a while after sunset to cool down.
I trapped from 9.45pm until 12.30pm and the catch included 3 first's for me, the best a single Sandy Carpet, backed up by the Micro's Cochylis atricapitana & Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta.


Sandy Carpet

Cochylis atricapitana

Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta

Common Wave

Green Carpet

Latticed Heath

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

Silver-ground Carpet

Catch Report - Braughing - 21/05/10 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap
- 1x 160w MBT DIY Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Sandy Carpet [NEW]
1x Purple Bar [NFY]
2x Silver-ground Carpet [NFY]
1x Marbled Minor sp. [NFY]
1x Common Wave [NFY]
21x Green Carpet
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Common Swift
4x Flame Shoulder
5x Waved Umber
13x Latticed Heath
9x Red Twin-spot Carpet
2x Pale Tussock
3x Hebrew Character
7x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Common Pug
4x Mottled Pug
2x Brindled Pug
1x V-Pug
1x Spectacle
2x Scorched Carpet
1x Common Carpet
2x Orange Footman
2x Clouded Silver
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Nut-tree Tussock
2x White Ermine

Micro Moths

1x Cochylis atricapitana [NEW]
1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta [NEW]
1x Celypha lacunana [NFY]
2x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella [NFY]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFY]
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Agonopterix heracliana

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