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

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Monday 18 June 2012

Catch Report - 16/06/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

An absolutely awful night weather-wise we had waiting for us as we set up traps around the farmland, it was just so windy with huge gusts and always threatening rain and as quoted by Colin Plant 'it's abit of a non-starter really isn't it!'
But mad as we all are we set about running traps until about 12.30am when it seemed pointless anymore.
Highlights of the night were both Male and Female Ghost Moth's, easily 60+ Common Swift's and a stunning Elephant Hawk-moth.
Also a possible Cochylis molliculana which I am hoping is correct as it will be a new one for me and the site.

Braughing Friars, 16th June 2012 6x MV traps

Ghost Moth [NFY]

Common Swift
Agapeta hamana                                         
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFY]           
Scoparia ambigualis                                   
Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata                          
Udea olivalis                
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella                                    
Silver-ground Carpet
Yellow Shell
Freyer's Pug
Common Pug
Brimstone Moth
Clouded Silver
Common Footman
Heart and Dart
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Ingrailed Clay 
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Double Square-spot [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
Common Wainscot [NFY]
Angle Shades
Dark Arches [NFY]
Large Nutmeg
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Green Silver-lines
Silver Y

Extras at my two traps before packing up at 1.30am

1x Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Cochylis molliculana ???

Cochylis molliculana

Ghost Moth - Left : Female Right : Male

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