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 5 August 2010

Catching up - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - 17/07/10

First trip to this new site yielded a good selection of Moths.
Nothing new but Herald and Slender Pug were probably the best.

Not the best night either with a very chilly wind and clear skies.

The second trip proved to be much more productive.... report to follow.


Minor Shoulder-knot

Catch Report - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - 17/07/10 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Traps - 1x 160w Homemade MBT

Macro Moths

1x Magpie Moth
1x Herald
2x Willow Beauty
1x Slender Pug
1x Buff Ermine
5x Riband Wave
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Uncertain
5x Common Footman
1x Minor Shoulder-knot
5x Dot Moth
12x Common Rustic
4x Least Carpet
4x Heart & Dart
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Scalloped Oak
13x Dark Arches
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Common Wave
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Small Emerald
3x Small Fan-footed Wave
4x Marbled Minor

Micro Moths

10x Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
6x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
2x Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis
2x Acleris forsskaleana
5x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
3x Phlyctaenia coronata
2x Ephestia parasitella
7x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Euzophera pinguis

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