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 18 July 2011

Catch Report - 17/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another good catch, well considering the awful wet and blustery conditions it didn't fare too bad! I positioned the trap next to an outbuilding to shield it from the worst of the weather, this probably also shielded a lot of the light so the catch wasn't groundbreaking but still a first for the year in the shape of a beautifully fresh Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Also an Agapeta hamana that threw me for a while, it does look so different though and thought it may have been a different Aethes species I have yet to see!

Catch Report - 17/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

5x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff-tip
15x Common Footman
3x Common Rustic
1x Common Wainscot
9x Dark Arches
1x Dot Moth

5x Double Square-spot
7x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Flame Shoulder
6x Heart & Club
5x Heart & Dart
3x Large Yellow Underwing
10x Latticed Heath
3x Least Carpet
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
2x Mottled Beauty
6x Riband Wave
3x Ruby Tiger
9x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
8x Scarce Footman
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
6x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Turnip Moth
26x Uncertain
2x Vine's Rustic
3x Yellow-tail

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Common Rustic


Micro Moths

2x Blastobasis lacticolella
6x Cnephasia sp.
5x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
13x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
5x Endotricha flammealis
9x Agapeta hamana
3x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Udea prunalis
Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Celypha striana
4x Phycita roborella
3x Celypha lacunana
7x Cochylis atricapitana
1x Thistle Ermine
Myelois circumvoluta
6x Dipleurina lacustrata
6x Crambus perlella
11x Eucosma cana

Agapeta hamana

Crambus perlella
- The normal form.

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