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

Saturday 10 September 2011

Catch Report - 09/09/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Back to trapping in England, and after that massive previous post, good stuff to report including 1 Red Underwing (only my 4th ever specimen) and 2 cracking Brown-spot Pinons were the pick of the catch of a respectable 40+ species. Both species seem to have very irregular years from my experience.
Nice to also see Frosted Orange and Angle Shades in good numbers 5 and 8 specimens!

Ypsolopha alpella was the best Micro, there being 10 or so previous County records and a new one for me.

Catch Report - 09/09/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

12x Square-spot Rustic
22x Centre-barred Sallow [NFY]

5x Brimstone Moth

8x Latticed Heath

6x Vine's Rustic

36x Large Yellow Underwing

4x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

3x Black Rustic [NFY]

13x Setaceous Hebrew Character

5x Common Wainscot

1x Copper Underwing

1x Snout

7x Light Emerald

1x Rosy Rustic

3x Lunar Underwing
4x Mouse Moth

1x Feathered Gothic [NFY]

8x Angle Shades

1x Maiden's Blush

1x Green Carpet

2x Early Thorn

1x Small Square-spot [NFY]

3x Lesser Yellow Underwing

2x Silver-Y
3x Common Rustic
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

2x Brown-spot Pinion [NFY]

1x Cabbage Moth
4x Flame Shoulder

1x Burnished Brass
1x Turnip Moth
1x Nutmeg
1x Orange Swift
1x Engrailed
5x Frosted Orange [NFY]

Brown-spot Pinion

Two different marked examples

Lunar Underwing

Frosted Orange

Red Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Acleris emargana
Celypha lacunana
2x Agonopterix arenella
1x Agonopterix ocellana
3x Blastobasis adjustella
Agiphila geniculea
1x Agapeta hamana
1x Garden Pebble
Evergestis forficalis
1x Eudonia pallida
Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
4x Agriphila tristella
1x Ypsolopha alpella [NEW!]
1x Ypsolopha parenthesella
1x Ypsolopha sequella
1x Epinotia nisella

Ypsolopha alpella

Acleris emargana

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a good night there Ben, Are your feet back on the ground since Slovinia? It took me ages just to read your very impressive list!