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

Saturday 10 July 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Friday night - Sat-in Trap

Good catch again last night with the usual stuff still on the wing, best of all was my very first White Satin Moth and yet another beautiful new Plume Moth Platyptilia pallidactyla I seem to be doing well with Plumes lately, this one a lovely sandy brown and white.
A lot more Micro moths than I expected this morning.


White Satin Moth

Platyptilia pallidactyla

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 09/07/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x White Satin Moth [NFG]
1x Vapourer Moth [NFY]
1x Ghost Moth
2x Buff Arches
1x Figure of Eighty
1x Small Emerald
4x Least Carpet
5x Riband Wave
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Treble Brown Spot
1x Barred Straw
1x Barred Yellow
2x Fern
1x Lime-speck Pug
2x Green Pug
1x Small Yellow Wave
3x Clouded Border
1x Brimstone Moth
5x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Peppered Moth
2x Willow Beauty
4x Clouded Silver
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Coxcomb Prominent
11x Common Footman
2x Scarce Footman
1x Short-cloaked Moth
4x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
2x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Double Square-spot
1x Gothic
1x Dot Moth
1x Dingy Shears
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Grey Dagger
2x Poplar Grey
1x Brown Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Marbled Minor
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Common/Lesser Common Rustic
2x Uncertain
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Burnished Brass
2x Spectacle
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Snout
1x Fan-foot
2x Small Fan-foot

Micro Moths

1x Platyptilia pallidactyla [NFG]
6x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis [NFY]
1x Catoptria falsella [NFY]
4x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella
2x Agapeta hamana
4x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
1x Calamotropha paludella
17x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Crambus pascuella
4x Crambus perlella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Phlyctaenia perlucidalis
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis
1x Trachycera advenella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella

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