Welcome

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!

KEY

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 18 June 2024

Still clear, breezy and with full moon gloom

Still not great out there for mid-June sadly. Surveys are still on hold awaiting milder cloudier nights which seem rare and nearly absent this past week.
Last night it was clear, breezy and the enemy was in the sky all night only setting in the early hours.
 
Still there were moths to be found, and the micros stole the show last night. Although the pretty Barred Yellow was a rather dazzling find on a chilly Tuesday morning. 10c feels cold to me, maybe i'm going soft in my old age.
Best moth of the night was Phtheochroa sodaliana, a garden tick and the 821st species recorded here in just under 3 years.
Unbelievably Udea olivalis was also new for the garden. A very common moth in my old garden in Hertfordshire. 

Come on night time temperatures and cloud!
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 313 species
 
17/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Heart & Club 5
Heart & Dart 3
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Marbled Minor 3
Nutmeg 1
Poplar Grey 1
Red-tipped Clearwing 1 (To VES lure)
Small Dusty Wave 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths 

Archips xylosteana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]
Phtheochroa sodaliana 1 [NFG]
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFY]
Udea olivalis 1 [NFG]
Aphomia sociella 5
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella 21st
Crambus pascuella 1
Grapholita funebrana 7 (To FUN Lure)
Grapholita lobarzewskii 1
Ectoedemia louisella/sericopoza 1
Lyonetia clerkella 2
Nemapogon granella 3

Archips xylosteana

Barred Yellow

Pandemis cerasana

Phtheochroa sodaliana

Spilonota ocellana

 

Monday 17 June 2024

A new Clearwing!

Before the garden trap was set, a quick round the garden check didn't yield very much, just a few Grapholita funebrana to it's own lure, and then I saw something bigger sitting in the bottom of the VES bucket trap (The lure thart will hopefully also attract Yellow-legged & Orange-tailed) and there it was, my very first Red-tipped Clearwing (since then i've had another today).

This same lure was out last year for over a month, so it was nice that it's working this year.

The Red-tipped Clearwing has it's own lure (FOR) but I do not possess that one.

To the trap overnight were plenty of moths, again mostly represented by singletons. Two great garden macros were Blue-bordered Carpet and Bordered White, both uncommon here.

There were also two Coleophora photographed and retained.

The nights are hopefully getting warmer with the days also gradually becoming milder and sunnier. 

 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 307 species
 
16/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Blue-bordered Carpet 1 [NFY]
Bordered White 1 [NFY]
Red-tipped Clearwing 1 [NEW] (To VES Lure)
Riband Wave 2 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff Ermine 1
Cinnabar 1
Common Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Club 3
Heart & Dart 3
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Light Arches 1
Poplar Grey 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Snout 1
Swallow Prominent 2
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 3
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths 

Crambus pascuella 2 [NFY]
Eucosma cana 1 [NFY]

Chrysoteuchia culmella 2
Coleophora sp 1
Coleophora sp 2
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Aleimma loeflingiana 1
Aphomia sociella 4
Anania hortulata 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 2
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Grapholita funebrana 2 (To FUN Lure)
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Notocelia trimaculana 2
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1
Pyrausta aurata 3
Scythropia crataegella 3
Tortrix viridana 1

Blue-bordered Carpet

Bordered White

Coleophora sp

Coleophora sp

Crambus pascuella

Eucosma cana

Red-tipped Clearwing

Riband Wave

 

Sunday 16 June 2024

An improvement in species, but not in numbers

The temperature must not be quite good enough for the moths yet, in fact I saw my first Butterfly for nearly a week this afternoon, just the one Small Tortoiseshell.
 
Generally in June, a good catch is between 100 and 150 moths of 50 to 70 species here in my garden. So far a 'good' catch has been 60 moths of 40 species.
Time and data analysis will tell if this is an anomaly or a worrying trend. 

Last night did include some quality though, I mean what's better than one Broad-barred White, two of them! An event that has never happened anywhere for me. 

Other highlights included a beauty of a Marbled Coronet, the first Cloaked Minor of the season, and a really odd Dark Arches, two-tone in appearance.
 
A Coleophora species was retained, quite a large one.

Long range weather models suggest it might finally get warmer... I won't hold them to it just yet though.
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 301 species
 
15/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Broad-barred White 2 [NFY]
Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Marbled Coronet 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 2
Common Footman 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Figure of Eighty 1
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 3
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 3
Nutmeg 2
Orange Footman 1
Pale Oak Beauty 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Swallow Prominent 4
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths 

Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 1
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Coleophora sp 1 tbc
Chrysoteuchia culmella 4
Cnephasia sp 3
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Evergestis limbata 1
Phtheochroa Rugosana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 1

Broad-barred White

Cloaked Minor

Coleophora sp

Dark Arches

Marbled Coronet


Saturday 15 June 2024

Cnephasia gen dets

Got some genitalia dissections back of a trio of Cnephasia from my garden this year.
All 3 were different species luckily and great to add to the overall garden list.

From now on though I will probably just aggregate them, unless something looks potentially different.
 
It adds two new species for the garden, Cnephasia asseclana and Cnephasia incertana.
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 298 species
 
 
Cnephasia incertana

Cnephasia asseclana

Cnephasia communana

 



Friday 14 June 2024

Still rubbish at night

A continuing theme of terrible mothing lately, it's mid-June now, traps should be heaving with stuff, and sadly they are not, this is affecting nearly all of us at the moment.

A really poor catch of 20 moths last night of only a handful of species, best were two year firsts, the odd looking Barred Straw and a worn Clouded Border.

Night time temperatures start to tick up a bit now, not dropping below 10 degrees for the forseeable.

 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 296 species
 
13/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Barred Straw 1 [NFY]
Clouded Border 1 [NFY] 

Barred Straw

Clouded Border


Thursday 13 June 2024

Lures & Pugs

Some great lure success yesterday to the bucket traps. 7 moths of 4 species after 7pm was rather special. 

The temperature rose as the evening went on. Psychoides verhuella was new for the garden & the 3rd for Cambs, and Nemapogon koenigi was new for the year.

The overnight trap yielded a further 26 species bringing the total to 30, not too bad given how bloody awful it's been of late.

Of note was a worn green-tinged Pug that looked different to the usual Green Pugs i've been getting, indeed.. asking around for opinions it is indeed different, a garden first Sloe Pug!

I've taken this species before, but in much better condition. My last record was in June last year in the far east of the county.
 
A rather jazzy looking Foxglove Pug was also nice. I've never seen one before with such a reduced band on its wing, I did a search around but it can only be this species.
Another species of Pug was potted up before bedtime, a year first Wormwood Pug. 
 
Still waiting for a decent night to continue my site surveys!
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 294 species
 
12/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Macro Moths

Sloe Pug 1 [NFY]
Wormwood Pug 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Foxglove Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 2
Marbled Minor 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 1
Silver Y 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Mompha ochraceella 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon koenigi 1 [NFY] - To HYL Lure
Psychoides verhuella 1 [NFG] - To SAL Lure
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]
Anania hortulata 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 4 - To FUN Lure
Grapholita tenebrosana 1 - To FUN Lure
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Monopis crocicapitella 2
Nemapogon cloacella 1
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1

Foxglove Pug - most odd

Grapholita tenebrosana

Green Pug

Mompha ochraceella

Nemapogon cloacella

Nemapogon koenigi

Psychoides verhuella

Scythropia crataegella

Sloe Pug

Wormwood Pug


Wednesday 12 June 2024

Still trying

Still we try, amother cooler night and donwn to 7c once more. As a result, just 10 moths were present in and around my trap. I had bigger catches some nights in February!
It is what it is, and I was pleased to get a pair of Eyed Hawk-moths, that's 5 this year so far now which is my best year.
The only new for year species was a lovely Burnished Brass.
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 288 species
 
11/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Burnished Brass 1 [NFY] 

Burnished Brass


Tuesday 11 June 2024

Dreadful June

Terrible out there that I can't even be bothered to write too much!
 
Sadly, this is the worst start to June that i've ever experienced for the moths, with pitiful numbers and dwindling species.
Just 10 moths last night and the temperature dipped to 6.8c.
 
Of note, the second Iron Prominent for the year, and two Toadflax Brocades which are the 287th species of the year.

End Transmission...
 
 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 287 species
 
10/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
Toadflax Brocade 2 [NFY] 

Iron Prominent

Toadflax Brocade


Monday 10 June 2024

Looking for the summer...

As the popular Chris Rea song goes, we certainly are 'looking for the summer' currently.
 
What on earth is happening! A mildish night last night, but it must have rained for half of it, and made the trapping area rather soggy indeed. 
The rain doesn't deter the moths though, and a good number of species (by recent standards) turned up, albeit in pitiful numbers for the 2nd week of June.
 
At least there were 4 new ones to add to the year list (possibly 5 with 1 of 2 similar Cnephasia species retained, which are probably asseclana). 
Best moths of the night was a rather nicely coloured Rhodophaea formosa, and one of my earliest Least Carpets.
Still not good enough for a field trip yet..

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 286 species
 
09/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 1
Common Swift 1
Dark Arches 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 1
Knot Grass 1
Large Nutmeg 2
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Marbled Minor 1
Nutmeg 1
Shark 2
Shears 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Snout 1
Swallow Prominent 2
Turnip Moth 2
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths

Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]
Rhodophaea formosa 1 [NFY]
Scoparia ambigualis 1 [NFY]

Aphomia sociella 1
Celypha striana 1
Cnephasia sp 2
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1

Cnephasia sp pos asseclana

Cnephasia sp pos asseclana

Eudonia mercurella

Knot Grass

Least Carpet

Rhodophaea formosa

Scoparia ambigualis

 

Sunday 9 June 2024

Crap Trap but a nice daytime find

282 species now for 2024, with a chance daytime find on the back fence of a stunning Dichrorampha petiverella. Never common here in my garden but very common locally amongst Yarrow & Tansy wildflower meadows. The garden trap was crap, with just 10 moths. Fordham, East Cambs.

Dichrorampha petiverella

 

Saturday 8 June 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap

Still ticking along in the garden rather nicely with a similar (to yesterday night's catch) of 33 species.

The most interesting bit was that nearly all were different moths, despite releasing all of the previous nights moths in the front garden, there were maybe 1 or 2 that returned.
 
Some great highlights, a Varied Coronet was my favourite, i'm lucky that I get all of the Coronets here in my garden, with the Coronet the commonest, then Varied and the rarest being Marbled with just 2 garden records.
A worn Heart & Club was also new for the year, these can be told apart from the front between Heart & Dart and the Turnip Moth as they have different shaped heads.
 
The big one turned up also, the grey and pink vulcan bomber of the moth world, a large female Privet Hawk-moth was a lovely surprise and much to the delight of my little boy.
 
A very pleasing night indeed considering it was clear skies all night and down to 9c.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 281 species
 
07/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Heart & Club 1 [NFY]
Privet Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Varied Coronet 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 2
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 3
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 3
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Light Brocade 3
Marbled Minor 3
Mottled Rustic 1
Poplar Kitten 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shark 1
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 1
Celypha striana 1
Cnephasia sp 1
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Grapholita tenebrosana 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Neocochylis molliculana 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Tortrix viridana 2

Heart & Club

Privet Hawk-moth

Privet Hawk-moth

Varied Coronet

 

Friday 7 June 2024

A very pleasing night

A better night here, but still a bit cool and clear, but it was lovely and calm and the moths seemed to like it also.
Plenty of species and some cracking moths.
Pick for me was a belting V-Moth. I get these annually here but always in small numbers, a really unusual moth.
Luquetia lobella was also a fave, a really funny looking micro moth, like no other species and they are very twitchy and rather than fly away, they dart around intially, very obscure!
 
A nice pink-flushed Ephestia species was also rather nice.
 
Still the weather continues to be a bit iffy, not all bad, just not 100% great. But then we do live in England, where you have to do things around the weather and try and not let it dictate.
 
Happy mothing!

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 278 species
 
06/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Footman 1 [NFY]
Light Arches 1 [NFY]
V-moth 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 2
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 2
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 2
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lime-speck Pug 1
Marbled Minor 1
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
White-point 2
Willow Beauty 3

Micro Moths

Elachista stabilella 1 [NFY]
Luquetia lobella 1 [NFY]
Anania hortulata 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 5
Coleophora alcyonipennella/frischella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Hedya nubiferana 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 2
Mompha subbistrigella 2
Phtheochroa rugosana 1
Plutella xylostella 1

Common Footman

Elachista stabilella

Ephestia sp

Homoeosoma sinuella

Light Arches

Luquetia lobella

V-Moth