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 2 October 2011

Catch Report - 28/09/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Still lots of Moths about including lots of Sallows, I barely have time to write much so i'm afraid it's list's and photo's time!
Well over 200 moths again in just the 1 Robinson 125w MV trap.

Best moth was a Dusky-lemon Sallow of which I caught 3. Also new for year were 3 Red-line Quaker's and a Merveille du Jour, also a single micro I have yet to ID.

The micro turned out to be a Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana.

ch Report - 28/09/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

3x Dusky-lemon Sallow [NFY]
3x Red-line Quaker [NFY]
Merveille du Jour [NFY]
2x Yellow-line Quaker
1x Dark Sword-grass
1x Red-green Carpet
1x Feathered Thorn
2x Mottled Umber
13x Angle Shades

3x Blair's Shoulder-knot
6x Pink-barred Sallow
1x Brick
3x Brindled Green
34x Beaded Chestnut
2x Common Marbled Carpet

8x Black Rustic
31x Lunar Underwing
2x Latticed Heath

52x Large Yellow Underwing

6x Vine's Rustic
3x Common Wainscot

40x Brown-spot Pinion

16x Barred Sallow
2x Rosy Rustic

19x Setaceous Hebrew Character

6x Snout

2x Turnip Moth

1x Square-spot Rustic

6x Lesser Yellow Underwing

3x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

2x Burnished Brass

2x Silver-Y

4x Willow Beauty
3x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

1x Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana [NFY]
2x Acleris sparsana
1x White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella

2x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

2x Acleris forsskaleana

Dusky-lemon Sallow

Left: Red-line Quaker Right: Yellow-line Quaker

Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana

Merveille du jour

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