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

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Field Trip - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - Monday night

A cracking catch here the other night, I set up two traps (one in each walled garden) and left them from 7pm until nearly 7am the following morning.
On arrival, spotting the Large Ranunculus was a welcome surprise, a species that use to be quite scarce but dare say is doing very well recently, with lots of reports of captures.

A very smart Orange Sallow was the next best moth, amongst a generous 25 species.

I also recorded a slightly odd Vine's
Rustic, with an extra kidney mark!

Catch Report - Marks Hall Gardens (Harlow Museum) - 27/09/10 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Traps - 1x 160w Homemade MBT

Large Ranunculus

Orange Sallow


Barred Sallow

Vine's Rustic (odd or what!)

Macro Moths

1x Large Ranunculus [NEW]
1x Mallow [NFY]
1x Orange Sallow [NFY]
1x Barred Sallow [NFY]
2x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]
2x Turnip Moth
1x Brindled Green
11x Large Yellow Underwing
14x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8x Vine's Rustic
8x Willow Beauty
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Black Rustic
2x Lunar Underwing
2x Burnished Brass

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Agonopterix nervosa

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix nervosa [NFY]
1x Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana [NFY]
2x Eudonia angustea
2x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
3x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
2x Celypha lacunana

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