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

Saturday 16 July 2011

Catch Report - 14/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another pleasing night, but we really are lacking in the amount side of things, most species being represented by only 1 or 2 individuals, and that is just the supposedly common stuff!
Mild'ish again but clearing skies at times and a big bright moon probably didn't help.
Was nice to see an even fresher Pine Hawk-moth and Rusty Dot Peal is a good'un as well.

The star was a single
Aethes rubigana a new micro species for my records.

The Eucosma species turned out to be Eucosma obumbratana, which is a great record for East Hertfordshire, a rather scarce little Moth.

Catch Report - 14/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

2x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
1x Buff-tip
8x Common Footman
1x Common Wave
6x Dark Arches
2x Dot Moth

3x Double Square-spot
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Flame Shoulder
3x Heart & Club
1x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
2x Large Yellow Underwing
6x Latticed Heath
2x Least Carpet
1x Minor Shoulder-knot
3x Mottled Beauty
1x Pine Hawk-moth
2x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
4x Scarce Footman
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
3x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Turnip Moth
18x Uncertain
1x Vine's Rustic
2x Yellow-tail

Pine Hawk-moth

Shuttle-shaped Dart


Micro Moths

1x Aethes rubigana [NEW!]
1x Eucosma obumbratana [NEW!]
1x Catoptria falsella [NFY]
1x Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis [NFY]
1x Catoptria pinella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Cnephasia sp.
1x Homoeosoma sinuella1x Oegoconia sp.1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
4x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella22x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Endotricha flammealis6x Agapeta hamana
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Udea prunalis1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
Chrysoteuchia culmella1x Celypha striana
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Phycita roborella
2x Cochylis atricapitana2x Cydia splendana1x Sitochroa verticalis
1x Thistle Ermine
Myelois circumvoluta
3x Dipleurina lacustrata4x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana4x Crambus perlella
1x Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana
Acleris forsskaleana
Carcina quercana
9x Eucosma cana

Aethes rubigana

Eucosma obumbratana

Oegoconia sp.

Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis

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