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

Monday 2 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 01/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Back to trapping after a weekend away of birthday celebrations for my girlfriend.
Cannot seem to win with the weather lately, it is either cloudy and wet or the sky clears just before dusk and the temperature plummets! last night was hampered by a full moon that was shining bright.
Numbers are dire for this time of year (last week of June and first week of July should be peak) This mornings catch reflected that! a good number of species still showing up with an unexpected Engrailed this morning.
Tonight may be better if the rain holds off...which I doubt it will!

Catch Report - Braughing 01/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Smoky Wainscot [NFY]  
2x Angle Shades
3x Ghost Moth 
3x Barred Straw
4x Heart & Dart
1x Heart & Club
5x Dark Arches
7x Brown Rustic
2x Nutmeg
1x Yellow Shell
1x Fern
1x Spectacle
2x Double Square-spot
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Privet Hawk-moth
4x Common Footman
2x Mottled Rustic
2x Turnip Moth
2x Willow Beauty
1x Small Yellow Wave
3x Uncertain
2x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Snout
5x Light Arches
2x Straw Dot
1x Minor sp.
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Peppered Moth
1x Flame
1x Engrailed
1x Buff-tip
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x White Ermine
1x Buff Ermine
2x Common Pug
1x Green Pug
1x Pale Oak Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
3x Burnished Brass
1x Common Wainscot
Micro Moths

5x Cochylis hybridella [NFY]
1x Cochylis molliculana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
9x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Crambus pascuella
3x Eucosma cana 
1x Coleophora mayrella
2x Metzneria lappella
1x Udea olivalis
3x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Scoparia sp. 
4x Celypha striana
7x Celypha lacunana

Cochylis hybridella

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