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 23 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 22/07/12

Another great catch and still ticking over quite nicely.
A good variety but as the trend continues this year, numbers are down quite considerably.
Scarce Silver-lines was probably the best Macro Moth, having only seen 2 previous to this one and Teleiopsis diffinis and Argyresthia bonnetella were 2 new Micro's for my records (shame it flew off just as I went to photograph it)
The next few nights look even warmer, tonight I shall be trapping for the very last time on the farm for awhile, and then on Tuesday I shall be back to Gade Springs in Hemel Hempstead.

Additional : What I thought was just another Bud Moth, turns out to be Spilonota laricana, which would be fitting as the local woodland has a few Larch and Fir trees in it.
Its another Micro tick.

Catch Report - Braughing 22/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap and 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Scarce Silver-lines [NFY]
2x Waved Black
2x Latticed Heath
1x Yellow Shell 
2x Buff-tip
3x Peppered Moth
1x Buff Arches
4x Snout
14x Dark Arches
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
19x Common Footman
6x Uncertain
2x Scalloped Oak
1x July Highflyer
11x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
10x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Dun-bar
2x Riband Wave
1x Heart & Dart
3x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Yellow-tail
2x Poplar Grey
5x Light Arches
5x Mottled Rustic
5x Dwarf Cream Wave
7x Common Rustic
1x Pos Lesser Common Rustic
3x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Southern Wainscot
1x Drinker
1x Engrailed
15x Smoky Wainscot
3x Clay
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Flame
2x Least Carpet
1x Dot Moth
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Dingy Footman
2x Rustic
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Small Emerald
1x Purple Thorn
1x Scarce Footman
1x Clouded Silver
1x Ghost Moth
2x Green Pug
1x Willow Beauty
1x Short-cloaked Moth
3x Common Wainscot

Micro Moths

1x Teleiopsis diffinis [NEW!] 
1x Argyresthia bonnetella [NEW!]
1x Spilonota laricana [NEW!]
3x Eucosma campoliliana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia brockeella [NFY]
1x Ancylis achatana 
1x Blastodacna hellerella 
3x Udea prunalis
2x Cochylis hybridella
2x Endothenia gentianaeana
1x Acleris forsskaleana
3x Mompha ochraceella
11x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
4x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella
1x Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis
3x Endotricha flammealis
1x Batia lunaris 
1x Sitochroa verticalis
2x Lathronympha strigana
2x Phlyctaenia coronata
2x Aethes cnicana
1x Monochroa palustrella
2x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
2x Epiblema sp
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
9x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
7x Coleophora sp
6x Metzneria lappella
5x Agapeta hamana 
2x Yponomeuta sp
2x Batia unitella
55x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Phycita roborella
2x Celypha striana
1x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
5x Endotricha flammealis
4x Cnephasia sp
1x Ephestia parasitella
2x Eucosma cana
3x Eudonia mercurella 
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
3x Celypha lacunana
2x Crambus perlella
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
3x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
6x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Catoptria falsella

Scarce Silver-lines

Waved Black

Eucosma campoliliana

Blastodacna hellerella

Udea prunalis

Argyresthia bonnetella

Batia lunaris

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