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

Sunday 22 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 19/07/12

Well, i'm nearly at the end of trapping regularly on the farm with just a few more nights up until Tuesday to give it a last shot for something new.
Luckily the weather will be on my side for once!
Last night produced a staggering amounts of moths, even more than the previous night with highlights being Waved Black and Slender Brindle.
Rufous Minor was new for me and the farm after being dissected by Colin today.
Agapeta zoegana was a nice micro to get and one I hardly see.

The Footmen are out in force now with high numbers of both Common and Scarce.

Catch Report - Braughing 18/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap and 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Rufous Minor [NEW!]
1x Slender Brindle [NFY] 
1x Slender Pug [NFY]
1x Waved Black [NFY] 
21x Scarce Footman
72x Common Footman
3x Snout
19x Uncertain
5x Mottled Rustic
24x Dark Arches
1x Maple Prominent
1x Single-dotted Wave
5x Peppered Moth
1x Engrailed
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Heart & Dart
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Riband Wave
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
4x Common Rustic
10x Double Square-spot 
4x Clay
1x Ghost Moth
2x Small Fan-footed Wave 
2x Scalloped Oak
4x Light Arches
1x Rustic
2x Flame
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Poplar Grey
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Green Pug
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Common Wainscot
1x Clouded Border
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x White Satin
2x Blood-vein
1x Burnished Brass 
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Buff Arches
5x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Willow Beauty 
1x Buff-tip
2x Yellow Shell
1x Dot Moth
3x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
1x July Highflyer
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Bordered Beauty
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing 
1x Latticed Heath
2x Cinnabar

Micro Moths
1x Agapeta zoegana [NFY] 
1x Catoptria pinella [NFY]
1x Strawberry Tortrix Acleris comariana [NFY]
1x Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana [NFY]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY] 
1x Cydia splendana [NFY] 
1x Lozotaeniodes formosanus [NFY]
2x Aethes cnicana
1x Aethes rubigana
1x Monochroa palustrella
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Epiblema sp
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
3x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
1x Udea olivalis 
3x Coleophora sp
1x Metzneria lappella
3x Bryotropha terrella
2x Orthopygia glaucinalis
7x Agapeta hamana 
1x Batia unitella
36x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Phycita roborella
7x Celypha striana
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
2x Endotricha flammealis
1x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
8x Cnephasia sp
1x Ephestia parasitella
11x Eucosma cana
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Phycitodes sp
8x Celypha lacunana
3x Crambus perlella
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
9x Catoptria falsella

Slender Brindle

Rufous Minor

Waved Black

Agapeta zoegana

Lozotaeniodes formosanus

Phlyctaenia coronata


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