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 23 June 2011

Catch Report - 22/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another good catch (i'm going to have to stop writing that soon) lots of variety and 2 new species for me in the shape of the micro moths Blastodacna hellerella & Parachronistis albiceps.
Also my second ever Clouded-bordered Brindle was found on the outside of the trap.
It was also quite a mild night to begin with, but soon became cooler.
Plenty of new for year's also showed themselved including Dwarf Cream Wave, Scarce Footman, Conobathra repandana, July Highflyer, Spectacle, Scalloped Oak &
Dipleurina lacustrata.

Catch Report - 22/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden + 22w Actinic portable trap

Macro Moths

1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]

3x Scarce Footman [NFY]
1x July Highflyer [NFY]
1x Spectacle [NFY]
1x Scalloped Oak

1x Yellow Shell
2x Mottled Beauty
3x Peppered Moth

1x Privet Hawk-moth
3x Elephant Hawk-moth
16x Nutmeg
27x Heart & Dart
9x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Double Square-spot
1x Barred Straw
6x Common Footman
19x Flame
11x Dark Arches
4x Vine's Rustic
15x Uncertain
2x Common Wainscot
4x Turnip Moth
1x Snout
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Clouded Silver
3x Brown Rustic
2x Treble Brown Spot
1x Riband Wave
1x Scorched Wing
1x Blood-vein
1x Straw Dot
3x Burnished Brass
1x Grey Pug
1x Light Emerald
1x Engrailed
3x Marbled Minor
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
6x Heart & Club
14x Light Arches
8x Mottled Rustic
1x Clouded Brindle
2x Dunbar
3x Large Yelow Underwing
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Buff Ermine
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
8x Flame Shoulder

1x Green Pug
1x Common Pug
1x Clouded Border

Mottled Beauty


Minor sp.

Scarce Footman

Mottled Rustic
- Variation

Micro Moths

1x Blastodacna hellerella [NFY]
1x Parachronistis albiceps [NFY]
1x Conobathra repandana [NFY]
Dipleurina lacustrata [NFY]
1x Eudonia pallida [NFY]
2x Crambus pascuella
4x Cnephasia sp.
2x Scoparia ambigualis
Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Elachista argentella
4x Celypha striana
Cochylis atricapitana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Udea olivalis
Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Blastodacna hellerella

Parachronistis albiceps

Conobathra repandana

Crambus pascuella

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