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

Thursday 28 July 2011

Catch Report - 24/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Still getting good results, with temperatures a bit down lately, not much to the trap. Rosy Rustic was a tad early and a Pug species which could be new (as i'm struggling to id it) Phoenix was the best, being my second only ever record and a first for this garden and Least Yellow Underwing is always an uncommon visitor.

Helcystogramma rufescens was a new Micro moth for me.

The Pug sp. turns out to be a Maple Pug, a new one for me.

Catch Report - 24/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

3x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Brown-line Bright-eye
2x Buff-tip
9x Clay

1x Clouded Border
12x Common Footman
3x Common Rustic
1x Copper Underwing
19x Dark Arches
2x Dingy Footman

5x Double Square-spot
3x Dun-bar
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Early Thorn
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Heart & Club
4x Heart & Dart
3x July Highflyer
3x Large Yellow Underwing
15x Latticed Heath
2x Least Carpet
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Pug [NEW!]
3x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix [NFY]
1x Pine Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
7x Riband Wave
1x Rosy Rustic [NFY]
9x Ruby Tiger
3x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
2x Scarce Footman
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Fan-foot
3x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Small Scallop
4x Smoky Wainscot
1x Swallow Prominent
19x Uncertain
1x White Satin Moth
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow-tail


Copper Underwing

Least Yellow Underwing

Rosy Rustic

Maple Pug

Micro Moths

1x Helcystogramma rufescens [NEW!]
1x Acleris laterana [NFY]
Cnephasia sp.
2x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
3x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
5x Endotricha flammealis
3x Agapeta hamana
6x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Cochylis atricapitana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Celypha striana
3x Celypha rosaceana
1x Clepsis consimilana
Phycita roborella
Celypha lacunana
1x Euzophera pinguis
1x Carcina quercana
5x Batia unitella

3x Dipleurina lacustrata
Crambus perlella
6x Eucosma cana

Helcystogramma rufescens

Acleris laterana

Clepsis consimilana

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