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 5 August 2011

Catch Report - 04/08/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

A slightly smaller catch this morning but with some cracking Moths, including 4 of the Nationally scarce Square-spotted Clay, a single Dark Sword-grass, both Swallow & Lesser Swallow Prominent and two new Micro Moths Aethes smeathmanniana & Bactra lacteana.

Catch Report - 04/08/11 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Black Arches
6x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Brown-line Bright-eye

1x Buff Ermine
2x Burnished Brass
2x Clay

9x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
1x Common Carpet
11x Common Footman
5x Common Rustic
2x Copper Underwing
2x Dark Arches
1x Dark Sword-grass
1x Dingy Footman

1x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dwarf Cream Wave

3x Flame Shoulder

3x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Latticed Heath
3x Least Carpet
6x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
8x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Mouse Moth

2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
4x Riband Wave
9x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
4x Scarce Footman
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart

2x Smoky Wainscot
4x Square-spotted Clay
3x Straw Underwing
1x Swallow Prominent
18x Uncertain
3x Yellow Shell

Square-spotted Clay

Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent

Micro Moths

1x Aethes smeathmanniana [NEW!]
1x Bactra lacteana [NEW!]
Cnephasia sp.
1x Agriphila tristella

1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Udea prunalis
2x Brown House-moth
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
7x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
Endotricha flammealis
2x Agapeta hamana
4x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Eucosma ombumbratana
3x Cochylis atricapitana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Phycita roborella
2x Batia unitella
Crambus perlella
Euzophera pinguis
1x Monochroa palustrella
Eucosma cana

Aethes smeathmanniana

Bactra lacteana

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