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

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 02/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Light rain in the evening, followed by a mild but slightly breezy evening. The predicted heavier rain did not start until 7am so I was lucky in that the catch wasn't sopping wet.
A nice return aswell with two new Underwing species and the star of the catch, the uncommon Pyralid Donacaula mucronellus. This is a first record for my garden and my second record ever (the previous was from my Essex cottage garden in Hatfield Broad Oak)
Strangely that both records are from less than ideal habitats for this moth.

Catch Report - Braughing 02/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
8x Barred Straw
2x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
8x Dark Arches
2x Brown Rustic
1x Nutmeg
1x Purple Bar
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Yellow Shell
1x Blood-vein
1x Fern
2x Spectacle
5x Double Square-spot
6x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Common Footman
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Scorched Wing
3x Turnip Moth
1x Willow Beauty
2x Small Yellow Wave
3x Uncertain
1x Clouded Brindle
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Snout
7x Light Arches
1x Straw Dot
2x Minor sp.
1x Peppered Moth
2x Flame
2x Buff-tip
3x Ingrailed Clay
1x Common Pug
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Pale Oak Beauty
3x Mottled Beauty
2x Burnished Brass
4x Common Wainscot

Micro Moths
1x Donacaula mucronellus [NFY]
7x Celypha lacunana
2x Cnephasia sp. 
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Metzneria lappella
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Crambus pascuella
1x Eucosma cana

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Donacaula mucronellus

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