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 11 September 2012

Canvey Wick, Essex

Travelling back to Essex last night, I set up two traps on the Thames coast.
The conditions were far from perfect with a strong SW wind blowing and intermittent spots of rain. Neverthless it stayed relatively mild into the night with a low of 17c at packing up time.
The lights were run from 8pm til roughly 11pm, the catch wasn't huge but migrant activity as the highlight with plenty of White-points (15+) and a few Dark Sword-grass. Also 3 lovely Wainscots, including L-album, Twin-spotted (which is pretty common now down there) and a new one for me Brown-veined Wainscot!
All in all probably not worth it but was nice to get out.

Catch Report -10-09-12 - Canvey Wick - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap and 1x 160w MBT Trap

Macro Moths

Brown-veined Wainscot [NEW!]

L-album Wainscot
Feathered Gothic
Dark Arches
Cabbage Moth
Bright-line Brown-eye
Flame Shoulder
Tawny Speckled Pug
Straw Underwing
Green Carpet
Twin-spotted Wainscot
Common Marbled Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Dark Sword-grass
Angle Shades
Brimstone Moth
Light Emerald
Cloaked Minor
Garden Carpet
Willow Beauty
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Vine's Rustic
Shaded Broad-bar
Square-spot Rustic

Micro Moths

Epinotia ramella
Epinotia biluna
Agonopterix arenella 
Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
Cydia Splendana 
Catoptria falsella
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
Agriphila geniculea
Cochylis hybridella
Argyresthia goedartella 
Apotomis betulena

Brown-veined Wainscot

L-album Wainscot

Flounced Rustic

Flounced Rustic

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