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

Monday 20 September 2010

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Saturday night

Managed to get out to Parndon wood to hopefully pick up some early autumn flyers, what I did end up with was more of the late knackered summer varieties!
Best moths included first of the year for Deep-brown Dart and Brindled Green, which is always a stunning looking green moth with flecks of brown.

Most abundant, not surprising for this time of year was Lunar Underwing with 16 examples recorded to light.

Catch Report - Parndon Wood - 18/09/10 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Traps - 1x 160w Homemade MBT

Macro Moths

Brindled Green

Deep-brown Dart

Black Rustic

Lunar Underwing

2x Brindled Green [NFY]
1x Deep-brown Dart [NFY]
7x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Black Rustic
6x Square-spot Rustic
16x Lunar Underwing
1x Light Emerald
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Common Wainscot
1x Willow Beauty
1x Copper Underwing
1x Vine's Rustic

Micro Moths

1x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
2x Ypsolopha parenthesella
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
2x Blastobasis adustella

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