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

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Catch Report - 19/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

A very quiet night, with little about, although in these quiet lulls sometimes it still is worth running the trap, I was rewarded with Trachycera suavella a new Pyralid moth for me. Other species of note included Small Scallop, 2 more of the uncommon Micro moth Eucosma obumbratana and plenty of Ruby Tiger's.

Catch Report - 19/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff-tip
20x Common Footman
1x Common Rustic
14x Dark Arches
3x Double Square-spot
2x Dusky Sallow
9x Dwarf Cream Wave
3x Heart & Dart
6x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Latticed Heath
1x Least Carpet
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
2x Mottled Beauty
4x Nutmeg
1x Privet Hawk-moth
6x Riband Wave
8x Ruby Tiger
3x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
5x Scarce Footman
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Scallop
1x Smoky Wainscot
19x Uncertain
1x White Satin

Dusky Sallow

Common Rustic


Micro Moths

1x Trachycera suavella [NEW!]
2x Cnephasia sp.
2x Eucosma obumbratana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
5x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Endotricha flammealis
22x Agapeta hamana
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
14x Cochylis atricapitana
Udea prunalis
Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Celypha striana
4x Phycita roborella
1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta
Celypha lacunana
Ypsolopha scabrella
1x Catoptria falsella
4x Dipleurina lacustrata
Crambus perlella
3x Eucosma cana

Catoptria falsella

Eucosma obumbratana

Phycita roborella

Trachycera suavella

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