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 May 2011

Catch Report - 25/05/11 - Farmland

Had another amazing catch awaiting me this morning at 5am, with 3 traps running and mild conditions it seemed perfect whilst setting up, although after a few hours the sky cleared and a chill was in the air.
about 5.30am the wind really picked up and the sky looked ever menacing, but luckily the rain held off for long enough to check the catch, and what a catch, there was literally 100's of moths everywhere inside and out, every egg tray was full both sides of different species including a massive haul of 220 Nutmeg's! and 124 Rustic Shoulder-knot's.
Also I added 5 new species to my list, including a single Shears, a moth i've struggled to locate in the past 4 years.
Most interesting though was a tiny longhorn micro moth called Adela croesella which i'm pretty sure is the correct id for this moth. I will be taking to show the Herts County recorder tomorrow. This being only the 2nd ever record for this species (funnily enough the first was a day ago, so I was beaten to a County first by one day hehe)

The Catch

Catch Report - 25/05/11 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Traps and 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap, all with white sheets underneath and positioned either on flat grass or concrete.

Macro Moths

16x Common Swift
1x Ghost Moth
4x Blood-vein
1x Small Dusty Wave
3x Treble Brown Spot
18x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Common Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Green Carpet
12x Common Pug
4x Grey Pug
1x Brindled Pug
6x Latticed Heath
4x Scorched Wing
1x Peppered Moth
7x Clouded Silver
3x Light Emerald
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Iron Prominent
1x Pebbled Prominent
1x Swallow Prominent
1x Pale Tussock
2x Orange Footman
1x Cinnabar
3x White Ermine
1x Buff Ermine
2x Turnip Moth
68x Heart & Dart
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4x Flame
7x Flame Shoulder
5x Ingrailed Clay
42x Setaceous Hebrew Character
220x Nutmeg
1x Shears [NEW]
1x Hebrew Character
12x Common Wainscot
3x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
3x Brown Rustic
2x Angle Shades
4x Large Nutmeg
124x Rustic Shoulder-knot
6x Marbled Minor
1x Middle-barred Minor
10x Treble Lines
3x Uncertain
5x Vine's Rustic
4x Mottled Rustic
1x Green Silver-lines
3x Burnished Brass
1x Straw Dot
1x Snout


Grey Pug

Ghost Moth - Female

Treble Brown Spot

Ingrailed Clay


Micro Moths

1x Adela croesella [NEW] - County 2nd record
1x Elachista argentella [NEW]
2x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Deltaornix torquillella
1x Scrobipalpa costella [NEW]
1x Cochylimorpha straminea [NEW]
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
11x Celypha lacunana
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
12x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Cochylis atricapitana
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
39x Udea olivalis
1x Celypha striana
3x Agapeta hamana
8x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
29x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
3x Crambus pascuella

Adela croesella

Cochylimorpha straminea

Elachista argentella

Argyresthia spinosella

Scrobipalpa costella

Celypha striana

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