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 20 July 2013

Last post for a week

Another trip on Thursday and the last now for a week as I jet off to Spain on my holidays, hopefully get some time to see some insects, so I have packed some pots and my small net just incase!
We had easier access this time to Bovingdon via a gate the otherside of the site and decided to
setup 4 traps as usual.
The weather was warm and mild, and only hampered by the fact that it was a clear night with quite
a bright moon (which set at 2.00am) Interestingly after the moon had set, moths were evidently
flying in far greater numbers. As we were packing up it was a little chilly at the lower points of
the site.
It was still business as usual with lots and lots of moths, particularly micros.
We were very pleased to get 3 Garden Tigers, our target species for the night. We also managed 15+ Coronets and 2 Purple Clays.
Good micros were the Depressid, Agonopterix kaekeritziana, 10+ Pyrausta purpuralis and a single
example of the scarce Thiotricha subocellea.

18/07/13 - Bovingdon Brick Pits - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 9.45pm until 2.30am

Macro Moths

2x Angle Shades
5x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Blue-bordered Carpet
8x Bordered Sallow
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
5x Brown-line Bright-eye
10x Buff Arches
4x Buff Footman
2x Burnished Brass
1x Cinnabar
8x Clay
1x Clay Triple-lines
1x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Brindle
20x Clouded Silver
2x Common Carpet
3x Common Emerald
5x Common Footman
2x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Common Rustic
1x Common Wainscot
4x Common White Wave
15x Coronet
10x Dark Arches
2x Dingy Footman
1x Dingy Shears
6x Dot Moth
10x Double Square-spot
2x Drinker
1x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Brocade
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Early Thorn
5X Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
2x Fan-foot
6x Flame
5x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet
3x Garden Tiger
5x Ghost Moth
4x Green Pug
1x Grey Dagger
2x Heart & Club
10x Heart & Dart
1x Iron Prominent
6x July Highflyer
3x Large Twin-spot Carpet
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Yellow Underwing
1x Leopard Moth
2x Light Arches
5x Light Emerald
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Lobster Moth
5x Marbled Minor
3x Marbled White Spot
3x Miller
5x Mottled Beauty
2x Mottled Rustic
2x Oak Nycteoline
2x Peach Blossom
8x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
2x Plain Golden-Y
2x Poplar Grey
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Purple Clay
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
1x Ruby Tiger
8x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
3x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
3x Shaded Broad-bar
5x Shaded Pug
1x Short-cloaked Moth
5x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Slender Brindle
2x Slender Pug
1x Small Angle Shades
2x Small Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-foot
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Rivulet
2x Small Yellow Wave
5x Snout
1x Spectacle
5x Straw Dot
10x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Sycamore
2x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Treble Brown Spot
2x Uncertain
3x V-Pug
2x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Agonopterix kaekeritziana [NEW!]
Thiotricha subocellea [NEW!]

Syncopacma larseniella [NEW!]
Aleimma loeflingiana
Archips podana
Celypha lacunana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Crambus pascuella
Crambus lathoniellus
Agriphila straminella
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Acleris forsskaleana
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Euzophera pinguis
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Epiblema Uddmanniana
Eucosma cana
Acleris schalleriana
Pyrausta purpuralis
Hedya pruniana
Hedya nubiferana
Catoptria falsella
Phlyctaenia coronata
Phycitodes binaevella
Ditula angustiorana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Udea olivalis
Plutella xylostella
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Dipleurina lacustrata
Endotricha flammealis
Aethes cnicana
Teleoides vulgella
Phycita roborella
Lozotaeniodes formosanus
Blastodacna hellerella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Lathronympha strigana
Archips xylosteana
Mompha epilobiella
Yponomeuta eveonymella
Emmelina monodactyla
Metzneria metzneriella
Eudonia pallida
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Epiblema rosaecolana
Crambus perlella

Thiotricha subocellea

Agonopterix kaekeritziana


Plain Golden-Y

Purple Clay

Pyrausta purpuralis

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