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 June 2010

Catching up!

Just catching up from our field trip out to Thorndon Country Park back on the 05th of June! where Graham Bailey, Don Down and myself set up numerous traps amongst vegetation and under trees, arguably the best Moth was Rosy Marbled, followed by a worn Birch Mocha. Lots of new species for me and Ancylis mitterbacheriana was the best Micro Moth.

Finally sorted out the pictures and records for what was an astonishing night, unfortunately it was cut short by torrential rain at 12pm and it was not very fun sorting out soggy Moths!

Nevertheless the huge list can be found below

Rosy Marbled

Birch Mocha

Dingy Shell

Ancylis mitterbacheriana

Epinotia biluna

Pale Oak Beauty

May Highflyer

Peacock Moth

Lobster Moth

Catch Report - Thorndon Country Park - 05/06/10 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap
1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap, 1x 125w Tripod over sheet

Macro Moths

1x Birch Mocha
4x Scalloped Hook-tip
2x Barred Hook-tip
7x Pebble Hook-tip
3x Maiden's Blush
3x Clay Triple-lines
1x Flame Carpet
3x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Common Carpet
4x Grey Pine Carpet
4x Broken-barred Carpet
4x Green Carpet
2x May Highflyer
1x Rivulet
4x Mottled Pug
3x Common Pug
1x Grey Pug
1x Ochreous Pug
5x Dingy Shell
7x Small Yellow Wave
1x Seraphim
4x Peacock Moth
2x Tawny-barred Angle
20x Brown Silver-line
15x Scorched Wing
3x Brimstone Moth
3x Scalloped Hazel
3x Peppered Moth
10x Pale Oak Beauty
20x Brindled White-spot
1x Grey Birch
2x Bordered White
5x Common White Wave
20x White-pinion Spotted
2x Clouded Silver
25x Light Emerald
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
8x Lobster Moth
5x Iron Prominent
3x Lesser Swallow Prominent
3x Pale Prominent
21x Pale Tussock
20x Orange Footman
4x Buff Ermine
1x Heart and Dart
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Satellite
4x Brown Rustic
15x Treble Lines
2x Rosy Marbled
4x Marbled White Spot
3x Green Silver-lines
2x Straw Dot

Micro Moths

1x Coleophora species
1x Nemophora degeerella
3x Apple Fruit Moth Argyresthia conjugella
1x Syndemis musculana
1x Eulia ministrana
1x Ancylis mitterbacheriana
1x Epinotia bilunana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

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