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

Sunday 10 July 2011

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - 08/07/11

Not a bad catch at Parndon Wood, which included the expected species of this time of year from an ancient oak woodland. New species for the site included 5 new micro moth species including (big deep breath) Pempelia formosa, Ypsolopha sylvella, Zeiraphera isertana, Acrobasis consociella and a beautifully marked Eudemis profundana.
Zeiraphera isertana being completely new for my records.
The weather did present issues as it was rather cool and relatively cloud-less so the smaller amount of moths was due to this factor.
The catch consisted of 33 Macro moths and 28 Micro moths, giving a total species count of 61 species.

Catch Report - 08/07/11 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap & 1x 22w Actinic trap

Macro Moths

1x Black Arches
1x Brown Rustic
1x Buff Arches

1x Buff-tip
2x Clay

1x Clouded Border

6x Common Footman

1x Common Rustic

1x Common White Wave

1x Double Square-spot

5x Dun-bar

1x Engrailed

2x Heart & Dart

1x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing

1x Light Emerald

3x Mottled Beauty

1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Peach Blossom
1x Poplar Lutestring
1x Privet Hawk-moth

3x Riband Wave
2x Rustic

2x Scalloped Oak

1x Scarce Footman

10x September Thorn
1x Single-dotted Wave

1x Small Fan-foot
4x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Snout
1x Swallow-tailed Moth

6x Uncertain

3x Yellow-tail


Buff Arches

Micro Moths

Zeiraphera isertana [NEW!]
1x Pempelia formosa
Ypsolopha sylvella
Acrobasis consociella
Conobathra repandana
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x Endotricha flammealis

Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Eudonia pallida
3x Cnephasia sp
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Gypsonoma sociana
3x Epagoge grotiana
3x Carcina quercana
1x Epinotia brunnichana
2x Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
2x Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Eudemis profundana
2x Crambus pascuella
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

Eudemis profundana

Zeiraphera isertana

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