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

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Field Trip - 08/07/13

A quick update from a field trip I did the other night.
Not a huge amont, but was nice to see my second and third ever Morophaga choragella
There is still one micro pending....anyone?

A Stiff breeeze from the North and clear. Temp down to 10c at 1.10am

08/07/13 - 1x 125w MV Robinson, 1x 160w MBT Trap and 1x 80w Actinic Trap - 9.45pm til 1.00am

Macro Moths

5x Barred Straw
2x Blotched Emerald
5x Brown Rustic
2x Buff Arches
1x Buff Ermine
1x Burnished Brass
1x Clay
2x Clouded Silver
1x Common Carpet
1x Common Emerald
1x Common Footman
2x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Common Swift
1x Common Wainscot
1x Common Wave
2x Common White Wave
5x Double Square-spot
8x Flame
2x Green Pug
4x Heart & Dart
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x July Highflyer
2x Large Nutmeg
2x Light Emerald
3x Maple Prominent
2x Marbled Minor
5x Mottled Beauty
1x Poplar Grey
1x Privet Hawk-moth
5x Riband Wave
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Fan-foot
15x Snout
2x Straw Dot
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x White Ermine

Micro Moths

15x Aleimma loeflingiana
5x Archips podana
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Cnephasia sp
10x Pandemis cerasana
2x Prays fraxinella (typical form)
2x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Elophila nymphaeata
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Eucosma cana
5x Hedya pruniana
4x Plutella xylostella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Ditula angustiorana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmela
20x Tortrix viridana
5x Udea olivalis
1x Epiblema trimaculana
1x Coleophora sp
2x Crambus perlella
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Morophaga choragella
2x Mompha ochraceella
15x Archips xylosteana
3x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Aphomia sociella
3x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Argyresthia retinella
1x Phycitodes binaevella
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
1x Epinotia immundana
1x Epinotia abbreviana

Archips podana

Argyresthia retinella

Barred Straw

Epinotia immundana

Morophaga choragella

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Phycitodes binaevella

Epinotia abbreviana