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 9 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 08/07/12

Well the weather has been so dire for aslong as I can remember, so little opportunity to trap and also being busy with family etc, I am slowing down abit with my trapping efforts ahead of moving into or new house at the end of this month, so come the end of Juily, there will be no more lengthy lists! unless I have a field trip out. 
It has been the worst recording year (for numbers) since I began in 2006 (which ironically was a bumper year!) but all is not bad as it still seems good enough to produce some of the rarest moths in the County!
Last night was no different and feature a lovely Ruddy Carpet, albeit indoors fluttering about the lobby light! I thought my eyes were deceiving me and instantly put it as a Flame Carpet (another one that is usually common but have not seen yet this year)
Other moths new for the year were just Lilac Beauty, Water Veneer, Ancylis achatana and Meal Moth which given the time of year and the overcast and dry conditions last night, is pretty poor.

Catch Report - Braughing 08/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Ruddy Carpet [NFY]
1x Lilac Beauty [NFY]
1x Clay 
1x Cinnabar
1x Common Emerald
1x Barred Straw
2x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
6x Dark Arches
1x Vines Rustic
4x Beautiful Hook-tip
5x Brown Rustic
3x Double Square-spot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Privet Hawk-moth
6x Common Footman
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Eyed Hawk-moth 
1x Scarce Footman
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Turnip Moth
1x Willow Beauty
3x Uncertain
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
3x Peppered Moth
4x Flame
1x Green Pug

1x Mottled Beauty
1x Willow Beauty
3x Common Wainscot
Micro Moths

3x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella [NFY]
1x Ancylis achatana [NFY]
1x Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis [NFY]
1x Ancylis achatana [NFY]
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
11x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Eucosma cana 
2x Cnephasia sp.
2x Agapeta hamana
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Cochylis atricapitana 
1x Batia unitella
2x Ephestia parasitella
2x Crambus perlella
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Pempelia formosa
1x Udea olivalis
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
3x Scoparia sp. 
4x Celypha striana
2x Celypha lacunana 

Ruddy Carpet

Blotched Emerald

Lilac Beauty

Ancylis achatana

Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis

Batia unitella

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