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.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Thursday 5 July 2012

Sawbridgeworth Marsh - 04/07/12

Yesterday evening I decided to spend the evening down my local marsh which is just a 15 minute drive from my house. I set up two traps in-between sedge and reed-beds hoping for some new species.
Indeed I managed loads of new species, soreally chuffed, I ran the two lights from 10pm until about 1am.
My friend Colin Plant joined me for awhile for some moral support.
Numbers weren't huge, but it was the variety that kept the interest up!
Most notably was only my second Miller.
The usual species such as Southern Wainscot, Dotted Fan-foot and Pinion-streaked Snout, were out in force, backed up by plenty of Round-winged Muslins and Small China-marks.
Elachista maculicerusella, Perinephela lancealis and Acleris hastiana were new micro's for me. 

Perinephela lancealis is a weird beastie, it's wings look far too long and narrow to fly successfully.

I did not count each and every moth so numbers are approximate.

Catch Report - Sawbridgeworth Marsh - 04/07/12 - 1x 125w Mv Robinson Trap and 1x combined 160w MBT and 40w Actinic Trap 

Macro Moths

1x Satyr Pug [NFY]
1x July Highflyer [NFY]
1x Blackneck [NFY]
1x Short-cloaked Moth [NFY]
20x Southern Wainscot [NFY]
4x Pinion-streaked Snout [NFY]
10x Round-winged Muslin [NFY]
12x Dotted Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Miller [NFY]
2x Common Rustic
1x Maple Prominent
15x Flame
3x Blood-vein
4x Flame Shoulder
3x Clouded Silver
1x Angle Shades
10x Barred Straw
1x Clay
10x Ghost Moth
2x Buff Arches
1x Pale Oak Beauty
6x Scorched Wing
1x Scarce Footman
1x Common Footman
2x Smoky Wainscot
6x Double Square-spot
1x Drinker
3x Brimstone
2x Straw Dot
5x Minor sp.
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Heart & Dart
1x Pale Prominent
2x Mottled Rustic
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Burnished Brass
1x Willow Beauty
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Large Nutmeg
1x Peach Blossom
1x Common White Wave
2x Common Wave
1x Poplar Grey
2x Common Carpet
2x Dingy Shears
2x Common Emerald
2x Peppered Moth
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Acleris hastiana [NEW!]
1x Perinephela lancealis [NEW!]
5x Elachista maculicerusella [NEW!] 
2x Adaina microdactyla [NEW!]
2x Phalonidia manniana [NEW!] 
15x Small China-mark [NEW!] 
2x Mompha ochraceella [NFY]
1x Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana [NFY]
1x Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana [NFY]
2x Eudonia pallida [NFY]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFY]
1x Ringed China-mark [NFY]
3x Limnaecia phragmitella [NFY]
2x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFY]
2x Calamotropha paludella [NFY]
1x Platyptilia pallidactyla [NFY]
4x Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana
2x Pandemis cerasana
1x Ephestia parasitella
8x Agapeta hamana
2x Eucosma cana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
4x Celypha lacunana
6x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Crambus perlella
3x Homoeosoma sinuella
4x Diamond-back Moth plutella xylostella
1x Epiblema trimaculana
5x Cnephasia sp.
1x Metzenaria lappella
10x Coleophora sp.
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella



Dotted Fan-foot

Pug sp.

Satyr Pug

Southern Wainscot

Acleris hastiana

Adaina microdactyla

Calamotropha paludella
Calamotropha paludella f.nivella

Phalonidia manniana

Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana
Small China-mark
Round-winged Muslin
Platyptilia pallidactyla
Pinion-streaked Snout
Perinephela lancealis
Limnaecia phragmitella
Ephestia parasitella


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