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

Saturday 13 September 2014

Field Trip - Dungeness - Kent - 06/09/14

A trip down to Dungeness in Kent on Saturday night proved to be the coolest conditions we have experienced for a while, with clear skies, bright moon and misty air coming from the sea. As you can imagine it wasn't great and the moths were few and far between, but I did manage a few new ones for me. Yellow Belle, Pale Grass Eggar, Antler Moth, Celypha cespitana, Aroga velocella and Cynaeda dentalis were all new for me. There are still some Bactra's to confirm and a few unidentified micros to sort out.

All in all despite the catastrophic weather I was pleased to pick up some new ones.

Catch Report - 06/09/14 – Dungeness - Kent - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x Hanging 125w MV.

Macro Moths

2x Angle Shades
2x Antler Moth [NEW!]
1x Blood-vein
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Burnished Brass
2x Canary-shouldered Thorn
3x Chinese Character
3x Common Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Common Wainscot
1x Common Wave
1x Copper Underwing
1x Dark Arches
1x Dusky Thorn
6x Feathered Gothic
2x Flame Shoulder  
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Frosted Orange
1x Green Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
4x Light Emerald 

1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Mouse Moth
2x Mullein Wave
1x Nutmeg
2x Pale Grass Eggar
1x Poplar Lutestring
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
2x Rosy Rustic
2x Satin Wave
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Sharp-angled Peacock
2x Silver-Y
1x Six-striped Rustic
1x Small Square-spot
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
5x Square-spot Rustic
1x Tawny Shears
4x White-point
1x Wood Carpet 
2x Yellow Belle

Micro Moths

10x Agriphila geniculea
1x Agriphila inquinatella [NEW!]
1x Celypha lacunana

1x Acleris laterana/comariana

2x Aroga velocella [NEW!]
1x Cynaeda dentalis [NEW!]
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Celypha cespitana [NEW!]
1x Epinotia abbreviana
1x Ebulea crocealis
4x Parapoynx stratiotata
3x Bactra sp
1x Teleiopsis diffinis
1x Phtheochroa inopiana
3x Plutella xylostella
2x Scoparia ambigualis

Agriphila inquinatella

Antler Moth

Aroga velocella

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Celypha cespitana

Cynaeda dentalis

Pale Grass Eggar

Teleiopsis diffinis

Yellow Belle

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