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 15 July 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Wednesday night - A load of Scallops!

Back to trapping after quite a few too many nights off! great to be back and see some more Moths, species list was good and included a garden first Brown Scallop, a pretty non-descript Moth to say the least and one I saw for the first time last week on Canvey Island.
The weather has finally turned after 3 weeks of baking weather and hardly any rain, we are back to good old blighty, wind, shower's and clear skies at night again!


Brown Scallop

Ruby Tiger

Broad-barred White (a nice fresh example and only my second ever)

Agapeta hamana

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

Macro Moths

1x Brown Scallop [NFG]
1x Ruby Tiger [NFY]
2x Scalloped Oak [NFY]
1x Oak Eggar [NFY]
1x Broad-barred White (2nd ever)
3x Early Thorn (1st of Second Generation)
1x Nut-tree Tussock (1st of Second Generation)
1x Engrailed (1st of Second Generation)
5x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Bordered Sallow
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x White Satin Moth
9x Riband Wave
15x Uncertain
13x Dark Arches
5x Common Footman
1x Buff Fottman
2x Scarce Footman
4x Heart & Dart
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Buff Ermine
5x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Rustic
1x Silver Y
4x Smoky Wainscot
4x Flame
2x Buff Arches
1x Buff-tip
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
6x Dun-bar
2x Snout
1x Clouded Border
1x Brown-tail
1x Clay
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Spectacle
1x Small Emerald
4x Mottled Rustic
1x Leopard Moth
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Double Square-spot
1x Small Blood-vein
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Garden Carpet
1x Common Wainscot
1x July Highflyer
2x Dot Moth
3x Fan-foot
1x Small Fan-foot
3x Light Arches
2x Green Pug
1x Burnished Brass
1x Clouded Silver
1x Poplar Grey
1x Marbled White-spot
1x Lime-speck Pug
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Common/Lesser Common Rustic
1x Short-cloaked Moth
2x Dingy Shears
3x Marbled Minor
1x Chinese Character
2x Clouded Brindle

Micro Moths

1x Udea prunalis [NFY]
1x Agapeta hamana
21x Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
8x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
2x Phlyctaenia coronata
3x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
6x Crambus perlella
4x Crambus pascuella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Dipleurina lacustrata
3x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
1x Phycita roborella
3x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis
1x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
2x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
3x Orthopygia glaucinalis