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 20 May 2010

Full speed ahead!

An absolutely brilliant night here for Moth trapping, calm, cloudy and 15c to 18c most of the night, so unusually mild conditions brought the Moth species out in numbers! with no less than 33 species to play with I was nearly over-run!
Highlights were Garden firsts of White-spotted Pug, Tinea trinotella & Yponomeuta sedella and Epinotia nanana (which has just been id'd)
with another 12 new for the year! including the rare Buttoned Snout and the local Small Seraphim.


White-spotted Pug

Buttoned Snout

Clouded Silver

Epiblema cynosbatella

Tinea trinotella


Mottled Pug

White Ermine

Small Seraphim

Epinotia nanana

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 19/05/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x White-spotted Pug [NFG]
1x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
1x Buttoned Snout [NFY]
3x Mottled Pug [NFY]
1x Small Seraphim [NFY]
1x Mullein [NFY]
1x Clouded Silver [NFY]
3x Common Pug
1x Waved Umber
1x Least Black Arches
9x Brimstone Moth
4x Hebrew Character
7x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Heart & Dart
3x White Ermine
1x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Scorched Carpet
2x V-Pug
3x Brindled Pug
8x Oak-tree Pug
3x Common Quaker
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
2x Chinese Character

Micro Moths

1x Yponomeuta sedella [NFG]
3x Tinea trinotella [NFG]
1x Epinotia nanana [NFG]
2x Agonopterix arenella [NFY]
1x Epiblema cynosbatella [NFY]
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella [NFY]
1x Monopis weaverella [NFY]
1x Mompha subbistrigella [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla

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