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

Sunday 22 August 2010

Bishop's Stortford - 20/08/10

A very mild evening at 19 degrees at 9pm! so I set about putting 2x 4w Uv lights and the portable lantern on a white sheet in the garden.
A lot was turning up so I was really pleased with the final results after 2 hours.
Best moth was probably Pyrausta despicata a rather dull looking example mind.

Macro Moths

1x Straw Underwing [NFY]
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Uncertain
1x Copper Underwing
1x Turnip Moth
4x Silver-Y
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell
1x Double-striped Pug
8x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Copper Underwing

Straw Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix arenella [NFY]
1x Pyrausta despicata
1x Crambus perlella
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
4x Agriphila tristella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Endotricha flammealis
2x Blastobasis adustella
2x Agriphila geniculea
1x Oegoconia sp.
1x Phycita roborella
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Agonopterix arenella

Pyrausta despicata

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