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

Friday 1 July 2011

Catch Report - 30/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

In to another month we go! last night produced very little in species and overall amounts but I did get 3x Silver Y (the latest i've ever recorded these) 1 Dingy Footman & Phycitodes binaevella, all new for the year.

Catch Report - 30/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

6x Brown Rustic
2x Bright-linwe Brown-eye
3x Burnished Brass
1x Common Emerald
11x Common Footman
6x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman [NFY]
2x Double Square-spot
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
3x Flame
2x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
2x Light Arches
1x Mottled Beauty
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Nutmeg
1x Peppered Moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Red-twin Spot Carpet
4x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
3x Silver-Y [NFY]
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Snout
1x Straw Dot
5x Uncertain

Dingy Footman
- Note the broad wings which distinguish it from pretty much the same coloured Common Footman

Micro Moths

1x Phycitodes binaevella [NFY]
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
2x Crambus perlella
2x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
4x Cnephasia sp.
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

Phycitodes binaevella

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