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 21 June 2012

Catch Report - 20/06/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

Another good catch last night, but it could not compare to the previous night's haul. The weather is still relatively mild at nights with a low of 13c this morning.
It was nice to get my second Phtheochroa inopiana (both photograped this morning as previous one was retained) it is a rarely encountered moth that most people are unfamiliar with as it looks pretty boring.
New species for the year were Heart & Club, Mottled Beauty, Barred Straw and Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta.
Mottled Beauty is interesting because it's the first time i've recorded it before it's brother, the Willow Beauty.

Catch Report - Braughing 20/06/12 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Mottled Beauty [NFY] 
4x Heart & Club [NFY]
1x Barred Straw [NFY]
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Marbled Minor sp. 
1x Light Arches
1x Green Pug
2x Peppered Moth
1x Dusky Brocade
2x Nutmeg
10x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Buff Ermine
2x Large Nutmeg
1x Clouded Silver
1x Straw Dot
2x White Ermine
1x Light Emerald 
3x Burnished Brass
1x Angle Shades
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Dark Arches
7x Brown Rustic
2x Heart & Dart
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Ingrailed Clay
9x Common Swift
1x Buff-tip
2x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder

Micro Moths

1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta [NFY]
1x Phtheochroa inopiana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
4x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana 
5x Udea olivalis 
1x Eucosma cana
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Crambus lathoniellus
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Celypha lacunana 

Peppered Moth

Barred Straw

Heart & Club

Phtheochroa inopiana's

Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta

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