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

Sunday 3 July 2011

Catch Report - 01/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Well lots of catching up to do! into July now and it kicked off with 4 new species, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, Blackneck, Dioryctria simplicella and Epagoge grotiana.

Quite a mild night so there was a much better variet of species to be seen come the morning.

Catch Report - 01/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
1x Blackneck [NFY]
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brown Rustic
1x Brown-tail
4x Burnished Brass
1x Clay
1x Clouded Border
73x Common Footman
2x Common Wainscot
4x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
1x Dingy Shears
2x Dot Moth
4x Double Square-spot
1x Dun-bar
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
4x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
1x Fan-foot
7x Flame
1x Green Pug
3x Heart & Club
12x Heart & Dart
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Latticed Heath
4x Light Arches
2x Light Emerald
1x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Pug
3x Mottled Rustic
3x Nutmeg
1x Peach Blossom
2x Peppered Moth
1x Pine Hawk-moth
3x Privet Hawk-moth
9x Riband Wave
1x Scalloped Oak
3x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Short-cloaked Moth
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
4x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
12x Smoky Wainscot
2x Snout
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
19x Uncertain
1x V-Pug
1x Vine's Rustic
1x White Satin Moth


Dingy Shears

Peach Blossom

Short-cloaked Moth

Micro Moths

1x Epagoge grotiana [NFY]
1x Dioryctria simplicella [NFY]
1x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana
1x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
1x Phycita roborella
1x Celypha striana
2x Udea olivalis
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Metzneria lappella
1x Phycitodes binaevella
4x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Bactra sp.
2x Cnephasia sp.
18x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Archips podana
1x Eucosma cana
1x Coleophora albicosta
1x Udea prunalis
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

Epagoge grotiana

Dioryctria simplicella

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

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