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

Monday 4 July 2011

Catch Report - 03/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Trapped last night under semi-cloudy conditions and perfect temperatures once again. Little or no wind made the catch immense come the morning, the final tally is 91 species.
Best species were a single Small Mottled Willow and 2 Dark Sword-grass, which are migrants from Europe.
Other species of note included my first Mompha propinquella & Stenoptilia pterodactyla and also an un
identified micro, which turns out to be Eulamprotes atrella a good record for Hertfordshire.

Catch Report - 03/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Blood-vein
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Brown Rustic
2x Brown-line Bright-eye
2x Buff Arches
1x Buff Ermine
4x Buff-tip
3x Burnished Brass
1x Clay
1x Clouded Silver
1x Common Emerald
59x Common Footman
1x Common Wainscot
14x Dark Arches
2x Dark Sword-grass
3x Dot Moth
6x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
2x Flame
3x Flame Shoulder
1x Green Pug
1x Grey Dagger
2x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
3x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Latticed Heath
1x Least Carpet
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
2x Light Arches
1x Marbled Minor
4x Mottled Beauty
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Nutmeg
1x Peach Blossom
6x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Grey
2x Privet Hawk-moth
3x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Short-cloaked Moth
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Dotted Buff
1x Small Emerald [NFY]
1x Small Fan-foot
1x Small Mottled Willow [NFY]
1x Small Yellow Wave
3x Smoky Wainscot
3x Snout
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
17x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow-tail

Dark Sword-grass

Small Mottled Willow

The two migrants together

Micro Moths

1x Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana [NFY]
1x Eulamprotes atrella [NEW!]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
1x Lozotaeniodes formosanus
3 x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Mompha propinquella [NEW!]
3x Cnephasia sp.
2x Agapeta hamana
1x Udea olivalis
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
14x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Celypha striana
2x Phycita roborella
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Stenoptilia pterodactyla [NEW!]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
Cochylis atricapitana
1x Codling Moth Cydia pomonella
2x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis [NFY]
1x Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
5x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella [NFY]
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
6x Crambus perlella

Eulamprotes atrella

Mompha propinquella

Stenoptilia pterodactyla

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