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

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 23/07/12 - Farewell trap

Last night was the last night for awhile that I will be trapping my parents farm as I move on Thursday to Stevenage, really looking forward to having our own home and doing what we like with it.

I went out on a bang last night with some great moths and a couple of firsts for me.

The best of the night was a single specimen (correct me if I am wrong) of the rare migrant Loxostege sticticalis, very similiar to Pyrausta despicta, but it just didn't look right for that species.
Other new species for myself were Epiblema costipunctana and Eana incanana making it three new Micros!

Catch Report - Braughing 23/07/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap and 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Brown-tail [NFY]
1x Small Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Blue-bordered Carpet [NFY]
3x Latticed Heath
4x Yellow Shell 
3x Buff-tip
2x Peppered Moth
1x Buff Arches
5x Double Square-spot
1x Snout
2x Silver-Y
1x Leopard Moth
24x Dark Arches
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Pebble Prominent
1x White Satin
1x Cinnabar
55x Common Footman
9x Uncertain
1x Scalloped Oak
3x July Highflyer
27x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
22x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Dun-bar
3x Riband Wave
2x Heart & Dart
1x Small Yellow Wave
7x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Yellow-tail
1x Poplar Grey
4x Light Arches
1x Mottled Rustic
4x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Engrailed
12x Smoky Wainscot
4x Clay
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Flame
2x Least Carpet
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Spectacle
2x Dingy Footman
3x Short-cloaked Moth
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brown-line Bright-eye
4x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Emerald
3x Scarce Footman
1x Wormwood Pug 
1x Burnished Brass
3x Green Pug
1x Willow Beauty
3x Short-cloaked Moth
2x Common Wainscot
5x Common Rustic
1x Macro pending id

Micro Moths

1x Loxostege sticticalis [NEW!]
1x Epiblema costipunctana [NEW!]
1x Eana incanana [NEW!]
2x Carcina quercana [NFY]
1x Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella [NFY]
1x Phlyctaenia perlucidalis
1x Eucosma campoliliana
2x Ancylis achatana 
2x Blastodacna hellerella 
6x Udea prunalis
3x Cochylis hybridella
1x Ypsolopha ustella
3x Acleris forsskaleana
2x Recurvaria leucatella
1x Mompha ochraceella
5x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella
9x Endotricha flammealis
2x Batia lunaris
6x Aethes cnicana
4x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
2x Epiblema sp
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
23x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
3x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
7x Coleophora sp
4x Metzneria lappella
11x Agapeta hamana 
3x Yponomeuta sp
4x Batia unitella
76x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
2x Phycita roborella
2x Celypha striana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
12x Endotricha flammealis
1x Cnephasia sp
2x Ephestia parasitella
3x Eucosma cana
4x Eudonia mercurella 
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Celypha lacunana
2x Crambus perlella
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
15x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
16x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Catoptria falsella
1x Micro pending id

Loxostege sticticalis

Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella

Eana incanana

Epiblema costipunctana

Macro pending ID

Depressid pending ID

Phlyctaenia perlucidalis

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