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.
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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Saturday 25 August 2012

Garden Trap - 18-08-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Second night running and loads of new species with 23 in total.
The weather continues to be extremely mild and calm at night and perfect for moths.
Best moth for me was Hypatima rhomboidella a new Micro species for me.
Shaded Pug is also a good record for the garden.

Catch Report -18-08-12 -Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shaded Pug [NFG]
1x Common Carpet [NFG]

26x Willow Beauty
7x Brimstone

2x Flame Shoulder [NFG]
7x Riband Wave
2x Green Carpet [NFG]
1x Engrailed [NFG]

1x Dun-bar
11x Square-spot Rustic
7x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Common Rustic

1x Silver-Y [NFG]
1x Straw Underwing
1x Orange Swift
4x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Black Arches

1x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFG]
1x Garden Carpet [NFG]
1x Yellow-tail [NFG]
1x Single-dotted Wave [NFG]
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFG]

Micro Moths

1x Hypatima rhomboidella [NEW!]
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Eudonia mecurella
11x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
9x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphya postvittana
13x Blastobasis adustella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

3x Batia unitella [NFG]
1x Agriphila geniculea
1x Cnephasia sp.
1x Endotricha flammealis

2x Phycita roborella [NFG]
1x Pammene fasciana [NFG]
1x Batia lunaris [NFG]
1x Trachycera advenella [NFG]

1x Caloptilia alchimiella
1x Cydia splendana [NFG]
1x Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana [NFG]
3x Carcina quercana [NFG]

2x Conobathra repandana
8x Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella
2x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Bactra sp.
3x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Ypsolopha parenthesella

1x White-shouldered Hoise Moth Endrosis sarcitrella [NFG]
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella [NFG]

1x Epinotia ramella
1x Coleophora sp.

1x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFG]

Shaded Pug

Hypatima rhomboidella

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a well suited garden, Ben. Loking at the Pug, those are very big discal spots for Shaded, and I certainly wouldn't discount Yarrow Pug from a specimen like that.