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 11 July 2011

Catch Report - 10/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Playing catch-up as the saying goes!

A cloudy, warm evening with a few spots of rain, looked ideal....and then it tipped it down for 10 minutes at around 12am.
Still a cracking catch and 2 new species
Limnaecia phragmitella and Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis to my ever growing list!
Best moth had to go to my second
Small Marbled!

Also the two Ypsolopha species were great to see again, what an unusual looking pair of Micro moths they are!

Catch Report - 10/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

2x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Buff Arches
1x Buff Footman
1x Clay
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
20x Common Footman
19x Dark Arches
1x Dot Moth
4x Double Square-spot
1x Drinker
3x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Sallow [NFY] - a bit odd looking
12x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Fan-foot
1x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Grey Dagger
1x Heart & Club
10x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
2x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Latticed Heath
1x Least Carpet
1x Light Arches
1x Marbled Beauty [NFY]
1x Minor Shoulder-knot
4x Mottled Beauty
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Peppered Moth
1x Pine Hawk-moth
1x Riband Wave
4x Ruby Tiger
14x Rustic (all feeding on Ragwort)
2x Scalloped Oak
2x Scarce Footman
1x Silver-Y
1x Slender Brindle
1x Small Marbled (Herts county 3rd record)
2x Smoky Wainscot
2x Snout
1x Spectacle
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
29x Uncertain
1x White Satin Moth
2x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail

Small Marbled

Rustic - one of many found feeding on ragwort, zero to light


Minor Shoulder-knot

Dusky Sallow

Micro Moths

1x Limnaecia phragmitella [NEW!]
1x Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis [NEW!]
Ypsolopha scabrella [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha sequella [NFY]
1x Juniper Webber Dichomeris marginella [NFY]
1x Lobesia abscisana [NFY]
1x Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana [NFY]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Cnephasia sp.
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
4x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
15x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
6x Agapeta hamana
7x Scoparia ambigualis
43x Chrysoteuchia culmella
4x Celypha striana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Celypha lacunana
Cochylis atricapitana
2x Cydia splendana
1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
2x Crambus perlella
1x Carcina quercana
7x Eucosma cana

Limnaecia phragmitella

Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis

Lobesia abscisana

Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana

Juniper Webber

Ypsolopha scabrella

Ypsolopha sequella

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