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 26 August 2010

Recent Rare Moth News

Latest news on the UK BAP Priority Species found recently.

Dingy Mocha Cyclophora pendularia

One was in a garden trap in Dorset on 1st August.

Chalk Carpet Scotopteryx bipunctaria

Ten were seen at a known site in Cambridgeshire on 8th August. On the same date, at least 12 were seen at what may be a new site in East Sussex. Elsewhere in East Sussex, singles were seen at known sites on 1st and 9th August. In Kent, 27 were at a known site on 4th August, 3 at another known site on 3rd and singles at two further known sites on the same date. In Surrey, 15 were at a known site on 3rd, with one at another known site on the same date. In Dorset, one was at a known site on 23rd July, with 4 and 5 at two other known sites on 30th.

Barberry Carpet Pareulype berberata

One came to light at a known site in Gloucestershire on 30th July.

Argent & Sable Rheumaptera hastata

One third and one fourth instar larvae were seen at a known site in Wiltshire on 26th July.

Drab Looper Minoa murinata

A second brood individual was seen at a known site in Hampshire on 2nd August.

Straw Belle Aspitates gilvaria

One was at a known site in Kent on 3rd August, with 2 at another known site in the county on the following day. Eleven were seen at a known site in Surrey on 3rd. It seems that the drought conditions may be causing over-grazing at some Straw Belle sites this year.

Striped Lychnis Shargacucullia lychnitis

A search of 5 known sites in Hampshire on 2nd August produced just 2 larvae at one site and 4 at another. One larva was found at a new site in West Sussex on 7th.

White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis

Singles were seen at two new and one known sites in Cambridgeshire on 26th July. Additional new sites in Cambridgeshire were discovered on 27th and 28th July and two more during the first week of August. Two new sites were also found in Huntingdonshire during the first week of August.

Fenn’s Wainscot Chortodes brevellinea

One was seen at a known site in Norfolk on 20th July, with 2 there on the following night.

Marsh Mallow Moth Hydraecia osseola

An exceptionally early individual was seen by two observers who are familiar with the species at a known site in East Sussex on 23rd July.

Light Crimson Underwing Catocala promissa

Singles were caught in a Hampshire garden on 21st and 26th July. Singles were also trapped at a known site in Wiltshire on 26th July and 3rd August.

Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa

Two were found at a new site in Wiltshire on 27th July.

Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa

Three were seen on the regular Peterborough transect on 2nd August – a good total for the second generation at this site.

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