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 16 June 2011

Catch Report - 15/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Well I do hope, weather permitting to trap every night and compare each night, maybe move the trap about a bit and see what it attracts.
Last night was a little wet to start with but it did dry out and we had a clear sky spell after 11pm which made it feel a lot cooler than recently.
The catch was still very respectable including 14 additional species that didn't come to the light last night, which was quite shocking! the Hawks again came out in force with 2 each of Privet and Elephant, Dotted Fan-foot was a new record for the site and a good one too! but best of all I'm pretty sure I had my very first Triple-spotted Clay (photo showing comparison with Double Square-spot) if it is indeed this, it is a great record for East Hertfordshire.

Confirmed as Triple-spotted Clay

Catch Report - 15/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Triple-spotted Clay [NEW!]
1x Dotted Fan-foot
1x Peppered Moth
1x Buff-tip
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Buff Ermine
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Green Pug
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Treble Lines
1x Latticed Heath
2x Treble Brown Spot
2x Light Arches
26x Heart & Dart
1x Burnished Brass
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
10x Uncertain
4x Clouded Silver
1x Small Yellow Wave
3x Barred Straw
4x Brown Rustic
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
14x Nutmeg
2x Common Footman
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
2x Common Wainscot
2x Straw Dot
1x Fan-foot
3x Turnip Moth
1x White Ermine
1x Angle Shades
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Clouded Brindle
6x Heart & Club
1x Mottled Beauty
5x Flame
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Snout
2x Common Swift
2x Ingrailed Clay
8x Double Square-spot
1x Common Pug
4x Dark Arches
4x Large Nutmeg
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Brimstone Moth

Left: Triple-spotted Clay Right: Double Square-spot

Dotted Fan-foot

Micro Moths

1x Archips podana
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
4x Eurrhypara hortulata
5x Celypha lacunana
2x Celypha striana
2x Hedya pruniana
1x Hedya nubiferena
2x Cnephasia sp.
9x Udea olivalis
3x Cochylis nana
2x Pandemis heparana
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Tortrix viridana
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Crambus perlella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Eudonia mercurella
2x Blastobasis laticollela
2x Agapeta hamana

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