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

Monday 1 August 2011

Catch Report - 31/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Well where has July gone? we are now officially in to August and the year has just flown by. The Mothing has had a rocky last few weeks from what i've heard from other people, including several trips where no more than 3 Moths were trapped in a couple of hours! the night time temperatures have been dire, regularly dipping to 10c here, and even further down to 6c nearer the coast.
On the plus side for me i've been doing rather well! although I won't shout too far about it!

The best species of the night were two examples of the uncommon Square-spotted Clay which initially I thought were Purple Clay, having never seen either of these species.

Catch Report - 31/07/11 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

2x Blood-vein
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Brown-tail

1x Buff Ermine
2x Buff Footman
2x Clay

7x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
4x Common Carpet
14x Common Footman
9x Common Rustic
1x Copper Underwing
8x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman

3x Double Square-spot
4x Dun-bar
3x Dusky Sallow
4x Dwarf Cream Wave
3x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet

1x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
3x Large Twin-spot Carpet
3x Large Yellow Underwing
7x Latticed Heath
2x Least Carpet
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Maple Pug
3x Middle-barred Minor
2x Nutmeg
1x Oak Eggar
1x Peppered Moth

1x Poplar Grey
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Purple Bar
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
9x Riband Wave
5x Ruby Tiger
2x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
2x Scarce Footman
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
3x Single-dotted Wave
1x Six-striped Rustic [NFY]
1x Small Emerald
8x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Small Phoenix
2x Small Scallop
1x Small Waved Umber
3x Smoky Wainscot
2x Square-spotted Clay [NEW!]
16x Uncertain
1x Waved Black
2x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell
1x Yellow-tail

Square-spotted Clay

Oak Eggar

Purple Bar

Small Phoenix

Six-striped Rustic

Micro Moths

3x Cnephasia sp.
1x Diamond-back Moth
Plutella xylostella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Udea prunalis
5x Brown House-moth
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
15x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Endotricha flammealis
6x Agapeta hamana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
3x Cochylis atricapitana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Celypha striana
Phycita roborella
3x Batia unitella

2x Dipleurina lacustrata
Crambus perlella
6x Eucosma cana

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