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

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Catch Report - 19/06/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

Had a blistering night last night running 2 traps on the farm. Mild conditions have obviously helped more species come on the wing and yesterday was warm and calm and this theme continued well into the night, with a low this morning at 4.45am of 12c.
2 Lobster Moths were a nice surprise this morning, a Moth that I have only ever seen in mature Oak Woodland and only ever in numbers in Essex (Thorndon Country Park)
Another moth that surprised me was 2 specimens (1 worn) of the Figure of Eighty moth, one that I rarely see (perhaps in decline?) 
Interesting Micro's including a 3rd County record of Phtheochroa inopiana and the rarely recorded Isotrias rectifasciana featured in last nights catch.
Also an 2 examples of Cochylis molliculana turned up to the trap, quite a scarce moth in Hertfordshire, and no doubt spreading from it's nearby stronghold in Essex.

All in all I noted 15 new species for the year with 2 of them new to me.
Today looks to be even warmer, so the traps will be on once again tonight 

Catch Report - Braughing 19/06/12 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
2x Lobster Moth [NFY]
2x Figure of Eighty [NFY] 
1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Light Arches [NFY]
1x Dusky Brocade [NFY]
1x Green Pug [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
2x Common Footman 
8x Cinnabar
2x Common Pug
1x Buff-tip
2x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Silver-Y
2x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Angle Shades
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Burnished Brass
3x Brown Rustic
1x Clouded Border
2x Clouded Silver
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot 
2x Peppered Moth
1x Turnip Moth 
1x Light Emerald 
1x Pale Tussock
1x Freyer's Pug
2x Garden Carpet
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Siver-ground Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Vine's Rustic
2x Marbled Minor sp.
1x Middle-barred Minor
2x Mottled Rustic
2x Double Square-spot
4x Large Nutmeg
8x Nutmeg 
1x Common Wainscot 
3x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
19x Common Swift
5x Ingrailed Clay
2x White Ermine
2x Dark Arches
1x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Treble Lines
3x Snout
1x Small Square-spot
1x Grey Pug
6x Flame
4x Heart & Dart 
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Green Carpet
1x Buff Ermine 
1x Spectacle
8x Setaceous Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Isotrias rectifasciana [NEW!] 
1x Phtheochroa inopiana [NEW!]
1x Eucosma cana [NFY]
1x Degeer's Longhorn Nemophora degeerella [NFY]
1x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana [NFY]
1x Endothenia marginana [NFY]
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana [NFY]
1x Metzneria metzneriella [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY]
1x Pea Moth Cydia nigricana [NFY]
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana [NFY]

3x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
2x Cochylis molliculana 
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Agapeta hamana
2x Celypha striana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Argyresthia sp.
3x Scoparia ambigualis 
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Coleophora sp.
6x Udea olivalis 
2x Epiblema cynosbatella
14x Celypha lacunana
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Lobster Moth

Figure of Eighty

Dusky Brocade

Common Marbled Carpet

Dwarf Cream Wave

Small Square-spot

Treble Brown Spot

Turnip Moth

Vine's Rustic

Phtheochroa inopiana

Isotrias rectifasciana

Pea Moth Cydia nigricana

Teleiodes luculella

Endothenia marginana

Cochylis molliculana

Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana

Eucosma cana

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