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

Thursday 17 May 2012

Catch Report - 16/05/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

A full 8 days later and the trap was out. This time last year it was warm and mild and the trap was out most nights.
A great selection of moths last night with a few still to confirm id's (those pesky micros)
But lots of New for year's including Poplar Hawk-moth, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Tussock, Scalloped Hazel.
And an amazing 19 specimens of Green Carpet!

Catch Report - 16/05/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

1x Pale Tussock [NFY]
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFY]
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot [NFY]
1x Scalloped Hazel [NFY]
1x Poplar Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Double-striped Pug [NFY]
19x Green Carpet
1x Common Swift 
2x Spectacle
1x Latticed Heath
2x Oak-tree Pug
1x Clouded Drab
2x Muslin Moth
2x Brindled Pug 
1x Iron Prominent
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
4x Flame Shoulder
5x Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana [NFY]

1x Agonopterix arenella [NFY]
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella [NFY]
1x Cochylis atricapitana [NFY]
1x Elachista canapennella [NFY]
2x Bryotropha terrella [NFY]

1x White Shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
1 for id pending......

Cochylis atricapitana

Green Carpet

Iron Prominent

Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana

Poplar Hawk-moth

Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Scalloped Hazel

Bryotropha terrella

Unknown micro pos Elachistidae sp.

Elachista canapennella

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