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 4 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 03/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Well it rained most of the night again, with on and off drizzle. On inspection of the trap it looks quite dry luckily, but then just as I decided to open the trap, the heavens opened and most of it flew off! it's not the first time thats happened to me I can tell you!

Nevertheless there was plenty of interest including a Peach Blossom, Clepsis consimilana, Catoptria falsella and a single Clay.

Catch Report - Braughing 03/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clay [NFY]
1x Common Emerald [NFY]
1x Peach Blossom
1x Ghost Moth 
6x Barred Straw
2x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
2x Dark Arches
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
3x Brown Rustic
2x Yellow Shell
8x Double Square-spot
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Common Footman
4x Mottled Rustic
1x Turnip Moth
4x Willow Beauty
2x Uncertain
5x Large Yellow Underwing
9x Snout
2x Light Arches
1x Straw Dot
3x Minor sp.
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Peppered Moth
2x Flame
1x Buff-tip
2x Blood-vein
5x Ingrailed Clay
1x Buff Ermine
1x Common Pug
1x Pale Oak Beauty
2x Mottled Beauty
4x Burnished Brass
2x Common Wainscot
Micro Moths
1x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana [NFY]
1x Clepsis consimilana [NFY]
1x Catoptria falsella [NFY]
2x Cochylis hybridella
4x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x  Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Eucosma cana 
1x Udea olivalis
1x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
3x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Scoparia sp. 
2x Celypha striana
2x Celypha lacunana
Beautiful Hook-tip


Peach Blossom

Clepsis consimilana

Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana

Catoptria falsella

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana

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