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 8 August 2010

Catching Report - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - 07/08/10

Returned to Harlow Museum Gardens last night and set up two traps to run all night through until 4am.
Once again I was plagued by wasps, some still veryu active around he bulb, so I carefully inspected the catch.
Nothing groudbreaking, but a few new species for the year, highlights were a single Acleris cristana and only my 3rd ever Pammene aurita.
The weather was mild but did clear during the early hours of the morning.


Acleris cristana

Silver Y

Square-spot Rustic

Pammene aurita

Catch Report - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - 07/08/10 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Traps - 1x 160w Homemade MBT

Macro Moths

3x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Mouse Moth [NFY]
2x Riband Wave
30x Common/Lesser Common Rustic
1x Lychnis
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Double Lobed
10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Pale Prominent
1x Willow Beauty
3x Uncertain
1x Maiden's Blush
2x Dun-bar
1x Small Dotted Buff
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Silver-Y
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Spectacle
2x Turnip Moth
1x Dusky Brocade
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Common Wainscot
2x Dark Arches
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Straw Dot

Micro Moths

1x Pammene aurita [NFY]
2x Blastobasis adustella [NFY]
1x Acleris cristana
1x Yponomeuta sp.
6x Chrysoteuchia culmella
10x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Pyla fusca
2x Crambus silvella
3x Endotricha flammealis
2x Cydia splendana
2x Agriphila tristella
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
2x Trachycera advenella
1x Agriphila geniculea
2x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
1x Cochylis atricapitana