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

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Friday 6 September 2013

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 05/09/13

A trip to two previous excellent sites in Hemel Hempstead did not yield a great deal with
mostly common species. In fact the moths pretty much stopped flying altogether at about
11pm when the wind got up and it felt a lot cooler (despite being 17 degrees still!)
What we did get was singles of some nice species, including 2 migrants a White-point and
a Dark Sword-grass.
I got one new moth for myself, although extremely worn it can only be a Juniper Pug as it
has been recorded at Roughdown Common before and we were trapping next to several Juniper

05/09/13 - Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 1x 125w MV Robinson, 1x 80w Actinic Trap and 1x 22w Actinic/26w CFL Trap run from 8.00pm until 12.30am

 - Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap & 1x 160w MBT Trap run from 8.30pm until 12.00am

67 Species in total

27 Macro Moths & 18 Micro Moths

An extra 22 species from Gadesprings

Macro Moths

2x Barred Sallow
10x Brimstone Moth
1x Brindled Green
2x Broad-bordered Yellow
6x Centre-barred Sallow
6x Common Carpet
3x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Common Wainscot
7x Copper Underwing
2x Double-striped Pug
10x Flame Shoulder
8x Green Carpet
1x Juniper Pug [NEW!]
5x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Light Emerald
3x Purple Bar
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
3x Small Square-spot
1x Snout
20x Square-spot Rustic
6x Straw Dot
1x White-point
2x Yellow shell
3x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

1x Bactra sp
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Acentria ephemerella
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Agonopterix arenella
3x Agonopterix heracliana
5x Pandemis corylana
2x Cameraria ohridella
2x Cydia pomonella
1x Prays ruficeps
1x Galleria mellonella
2x Epinotia ramella
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Caloptilia robustella
1x Caloptilia syringella
1x Apotomis betuletana
1x Pleuroptya ruralis

Extra species at Gadesprings were as follows

Macro Moths

1x Dark Sword-grass
1x Garden Carpet
1x Dusky Thorn
1x Grey Dagger
1x Turnip Moth
3x Feathered Gothic
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Oak Hook-tip
2x Old Lady
1x Angle Shades
1x Common Rustic
1x Common Wave
2x Sallow

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha sequella
5x Elachista maculicerusella
1x Clepsis consimilana
2x Clepsis spectrana
1x Eudonia sp
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Caloptilia semifascia
1x Mompha sp

1x Zeiraphera isertana

Caloptilia semifascia

Galleria mellonella

Juniper Pug

Mompha sp


Zeiraphera isertana

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