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

Thursday 19 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 18/07/12

Well it seems like ages since I last trapped in the garden! was nice to get a mid-July list anyway. Riband Wave is really down in numbers this year with just one in the trap this morning, this time of year usually it would be the commonest moth in the trap! but so far just singletons.
Also where has Straw Dot got to? hmmm one I trap commonly amongst the grassland on the farm.
Really pleased with a stunning Old Lady, the best conditioned one I have ever seen, she was sitting on the side of the trap. 
The best Micro Moth of the night was a new one for me Apotomis capreana.
Catch Report - Braughing 18/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Grey Dagger [NFY]
1x Old Lady [NFY]
2x Barred Straw
2x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Blood-vein
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
4x Brown Rustic
2x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Buff-tip
2x Burnished Brass
1x Cinnabar
3x Clay
1x Clouded Silver
4x Common Footman
3x Common Wainscot
18x Dark Arches
2x Dot Moth
6x Double Square-spot
1x Dun-bar
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
2x Fern
5x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Ghost Moth
1x Heart & Club
3x Heart & Dart
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Nutmeg
12x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Least Carpet
1x Leopard Moth
6x Light Arches
1x Miller
2x Mottled Beauty 
3x Mottled Rustic
3x Peppered Moth
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Riband Wave
5x Scarce Footman
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Silver-Y
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
4x Snout
3x Smoky Wainscot
7x Uncertain
1x Vine's Rustic
1x White Satin
1x White-point
Micro Moths
1x Apotomis capreana [NEW!]
2x Cydia splendana [NFY]
1x Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella [NFY]
1x Dipleurina lacustrata
14x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
3x Crambus lathoniellus 
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Crambus perlella
1x Eucosma cana 
1x Cnephasia sp.
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Pandemis cerasana 
2x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Hedya nubiferana
1x Monochroa palustrella
2x Crambus perlella
1x Bryotropha affinis
1x Pempelia formosa 
2x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
2x Udea olivalis 
2x Endotricha flammealis
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
4x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
3x Scoparia sp. 
4x Celypha striana
2x Celypha lacunana 

Old Lady

Leopard Moth

White Satin


Brown-line Bright-eye

Apotomis capreana

Dot Moth

Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella

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