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 3 August 2011

Catch Report - 01/08/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

First trappings of August and a superb catch was awaiting me at 5am, after the warmest night we have had this year, with no less than 75 species of Macro Moth, I could not believe it! best moths included A first for the year Dusky Thorn, one I don't get very much and is still only my 3rd ever one, new for my garden Black Arches, Dark Umber and another Waved Black and Square-spotted Clay.
Also 18 Ruby Tiger's was just silly!

I'm pretty sure I had a Rufous Minor, which would have been new, but it flew off before I could pot it, so I am not counting it!

A new Micro Moth was observed, that being a single specimen of Argyresthia albistria a Blackthorn feeder.

Catch Report - 01/08/11 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Black Arches
1x Blood-vein
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Brimstone Moth
4x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Brown-line Bright-eye

2x Buff Ermine
3x Buff Footman
1x Burnished Brass
5x Clay

6x Cloaked Minor
2x Clouded Border
2x Common Carpet
20x Common Footman
7x Common Rustic
1x Common Swift
5x Dark Arches
1x Dark Umber
2x Dingy Footman

5x Double Square-spot
6x Dun-bar
5x Dusky Sallow
1x Dusky Thorn [NFY]
6x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Flame Shoulder

2x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
4x Large Yellow Underwing
14x Latticed Heath
5x Least Carpet
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
3x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Lime-speck Pug
2x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Marbled Minor
2x Middle-barred Minor
2x Mouse Moth
1x Nut-tree Tussock
4x Nutmeg
1x Orange Swift
1x P
ebble Prominent
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Red Twin-spot Carpet
14x Riband Wave
1x Rosy Rustic
18x Ruby Tiger
2x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
3x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Slender Brindle
1x Small Emerald
2x Small Fan-footed Wave

2x Small Scallop
2x Small Waved Umber
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Square-spotted Clay
1x Straw Dot
1x Straw Underwing
1x Turnip Moth
12x Uncertain
1x Waved Black
3x White Satin Moth
1x White-spotted Pug
3x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell
4x Yellow-tail

Black Arches

Dusky Thorn

Micro Moths

1x Argyresthia albistria [NEW!]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Cnephasia sp.
3x Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
3x Diamond-back Moth
Plutella xylostella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Udea prunalis
2x Brown House-moth
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
22x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Endotricha flammealis
3x Agapeta hamana
1x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Cochylis atricapitana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Celypha striana
Phycita roborella
5x Batia unitella

3x Dipleurina lacustrata
Crambus perlella
5x Eucosma cana
1x Azalea Leaf Miner Caloptilia azaleella

Argyresthia albistria

Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana

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