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 2 July 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 26/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Abit delayed but here is my latest catch from Tuesday night.
The weather keeps warming up and then cooling down and isn't great for numbers at the moment but I am not complaining with the amount of new moths for my garden! 
Highlight of the night was my second ever record of Small Elephant Hawk-moth. 

Catch Report - Braughing 26/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
1x Small Yellow Wave [NFY]
1x Shark [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty
4x Uncertain
2x Angle Shades
1x Mottled Beauty
9x Setaceous Hebrew Character
8x Nutmeg
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Spectacle
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Vine's Rustic
2x White Ermine
1x Buff Ermine
4x Common Footman
8x Brown Rustic
6x Ingrailed Clay
5x Mottled Rustic
2x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Dark Arches
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Cinnabar
1x Treble Brown Spot
2x Middle-barred Minor
3x Brimstone Moth
2x Flame
5x Light Arches
1x Turnip
2x Heart & Dart
1x Scorched Wing
3x Burnished Brass
1x Pale Prominent
2x Barred Straw
2x Orange Footman

Micro Moths

1x Bryotropha terrella [NFY]
1x Anania perlucidalis [NFY]
1x Dioryctria sylvestrella [NFY]
1x Pempelia formosa [NFY] 
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
4x Udea Olivalis
2x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta
7x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
2x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
4x Agapeta hamana
3x Scoparia ambigualis 
5x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Clouded Brindle

Anania perlucidalis

Dioryctria sylvestrella

Pempelia formosa

Bryotropha terrella

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