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 June 2011

Catch Report - 28/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Amongst a small catch by recent standards, was my first ever Pine Hawk-moth in 5 years of trapping! well pleased.

Catch Report - 28/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Pine Hawk-moth [NEW!]
2x Leopard Moth
1x Common Emerald
3x Blood-vein
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
3x Riband Wave
2x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x July Highflyer
1x Small Yellow Wave
1x Clouded Border
4x Latticed Heath
2x Brimstone
1x Scalloped Oak
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Peppered Moth
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Engrailed
1x Common White Wave
1x Light Emerald
1x Lime Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Buff-tip
1x Brown-tail
2x Scarce Footman
17x Common Footman
1x Cinnabar
3x Turnip Moth
5x Heart & Club
14x Heart & Dart
7x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
11x Double Square-spot
2x Nutmeg
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Common Wainscot
2x Brown Rustic
15x Dark Arches
3x Light Arches
1x Slender Brindle
2x Marbled Minor
13x Uncertain
3x Mottled Rustic
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
3x Snout
1x Fan-foot
2x Small Fan-foot

Pine Hawk-moth

Micro Moths

1x Monochroa palustrella [NFY]
19x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
8x Celypha lacunana
2x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
3x Aleimma loeflingiana
3x Celypha striana
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
6x Udea olivalis
1x Pandemis cerasana
8x Crambus perlella
2x Crambus pascuella
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
7x Cnephasia sp.
1x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

Monochroa palustrella

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