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 7 June 2012

Catch Report - 05/06/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

Into June we go and another good haul of moths including a few new ones for the year. 
Coleophora deauratella being a new micro for my records.
Other highlights including a lovely fresh Sandy carpet, an uncommon visitor, Ypsolopha nemorella and the probably migrant Pyralid Sitochroa verticalis.
The weather is very changeable at the moment and a strong south-facing wind is dominating us now. Coupled with mild temperatures, we could see some more migrants reaching our traps in the next few nights. 

Catch Report - Braughing 05/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Sandy Carpet [NFY]
1x Poplar Grey [NFY]
4x Ingrailed Clay
4x Buff-tip
9x White Ermine
1x Buff Ermine
26x Treble Lines 

1x Clouded Silver
20x Rustic Shoulder-knot
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character 
4x Poplar Hawk-moth
7x Nutmeg 
2x Flame
10x Green Carpet 
2x Common Carpet
2x Oak Hook-tip
1x Peppered Moth 

29x Common Swift
1x Scalloped Hazel 
1x Marbled Minor
2x Common Pug
1x Oak-tree Pug
2x Spruce Carpet

1x Scorched Wing 
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Brimstone Moth

2x Grey Pug
1x Heart & Dart
2x Brown Rustic

1x Light Emerald
1x Turnip Moth
1x Lime-speck Pug

2x Mottled Pug 
2x Cinnabar
1x Silver-Y 
3x Spectacle
5x Angle Shades 

3x Flame Shoulder
1x Grey-pine Carpet
2x Pale Oak Beauty 

5x Latticed Heath
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Small Waved Umber 

3x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Pale Tussock
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Coleophora deauratella [NEW!] 
1x Hedya pruniana [NFY]
1x Sitochroa verticalis [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha nemorella [NFY]
1x Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella [NFY]
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata [NFY]
1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Tinea trinotella
2x Espheria sulphurella 
1x Parornix sp.
3x Monopsis weaverella
4x Aethes smeathmanniana
1x Cochylis atricapitana
2x Diamond-back Moth plutella xylostella
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 
1x Agonopterix arenella 
4x Crambus lathoniellus 
1x Agapeta hamana 

Sandy Carpet

Poplar Grey

Sitochroa verticalis

Ypsolopha nemorella

Coleophora deauratella

Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella

Hedya pruniana

Buff Ermine

Blastobasis lacticolella

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