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

Friday 22 June 2012

Catch Report - 21/06/12 [NATIONAL MOTH NIGHT] - Back Garden/Farmland

Well looking at the weather + family commitments, I decided to do my bit for National Moth Night's last night as it seemed mild enough.
I woke up to torrential rain and a strong wind, so the catch was pretty much hampered by that.
I managed to trap my first ever Small Angle Shades (where have you been the last 5 years?!) I am over the moon as it is supposed to be a common species here.
Other things of note were the amount of Hawk-moths in the trap, with 5x Privet, 3x Poplar, 2x Elephant and 1x Pine.
Catch Report - Braughing 21/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Angle Shades [NEW!]
5x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Pine Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth 
3x Poplar Hawk-moth 
3x Marbled Minor sp. 
2x Green Pug
1x Peppered Moth
5x Nutmeg
7x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Buff Ermine
7x White Ermine
1x Burnished Brass
1x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Dark Arches
10x Brown Rustic
3x Heart & Dart
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Ingrailed Clay
3x Common Swift
2x Buff-tip
1x Flame

Micro Moths
1x Brown-dotted Clothes Moth Niditinea fuscella [NFY]

1x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
1x Udea olivalis 
3x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Celypha lacunana 

Small Angle Shades - Yipee!!

Peppered Moth f.carbonaria

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