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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Saturday 5 July 2014

National Moth Night - 03/07/14 - Essex

On Thursday night I joined Graham Bailey and Don Down and a few others for our contribution to national moth night(s)
It had been a whole year nearly since I last came down this way, and it was nice to be back.

The trapping conditions looked pretty good, we did not have the cloud cover that I was blessed with on the previous night in Bedfordshire, but the temperatures were very warm and for the rest of the evening it stayed warm.
We set up 7 traps in high anticipation of a bucket load of moths. Unfortunately it wasn't to be. The moths (particularly the macro's) were very slow turning up to the lamps.
And even after a full two hours, apart from nearly 40 species of micro moths we had only noted around 15 macro species!
What on earth was going wrong!
Luckily all was not lost as we did manage the target species, all 4 of them... the elusive Olive Crescent which is only know from a few sites nationwide, this being one of them and naturally i'd rather protect the sites identity from possible collector's!

It was also nice to see a few Festoons which were really freshly hatched.

Along with the Olive Crescent, there were plenty of Lead-coloured Pugs and Opsibotys fuscalis, all three species being new for me

Catch Report - 03/07/14 - Essex - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.

Numbers below are approximate

50 Macros and 57 Micros ( 107 species)

Macro Moths

4x Black Arches
3x Brimstone Moth
2x Buff Arches
2x Buff Ermine
10x Buff Footman
2x Buff-tip
5x Clouded Border
10x Clouded Silver
2x Common Carpet
2x Common Emerald
3x Common Footman
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Common White Wave
3x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
3x Engrailed
1x Festoon
1x Flame
2x Flame Carpet
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Green Pug
2x Green Silver-lines
2x July Highflyer
1x Large Emerald
3x Lead-coloured Pug [NEW!]
2x Marbled Minor
3x Marbled White Spot
5x Mottled Beauty
3x Olive Crescent [NEW!]
5x Orange Moth
2x Peach Blossom
1x Peacock Moth
2x Peppered Moth
5x Riband Wave
5x Rosy Footman
2x Scarce Footman
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Scorched Wing
10x Single-dotted Wave
2x Slender Brindle
3x Small Fan-foot
20+ Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small White Wave
1x Small Yellow Wave
2x Snout
3x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Tawny-barred Angle
2x Treble Brown Spot
5x Uncertain
1x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths 

1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
2x Endotricha flammealis
1x Batia unitella
1x Batia lunaris
1x Incurvaria oehlmanniella
1x Caloptilia robustella
2x Parachronistis albiceps
5x Celypha lacunana
2x Eudonia mercurella
2x Tortrix viridana
1x Ditula angustiorana
2x Epagoge grotiana
10x Carcina quercana
15+ Aleimma loeflingiana
5x Gypsonoma dealbana
1x Stigmella aurella
10x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Coleophora sp
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Hedya pruniana
1x Ypsolopha ustella
1x Ypsolopha dentella
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Celypha striana
2x Archips crataegana
5x Conobathra repandana
2x Cydia splendana
5x Epinotia brunnichana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Catoptria pinella
2x Batrachedra praenangusta 
3x Teleoides luculella
2x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Cnephasia sp
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
5x Argyresthia brockeella
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Emmetia marginea
2x Acleris kochiella
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Archips xylosteana
2x Udea prunalis
2x Pandemis cerasana
1x Pandemis heparana
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
2x Archips podana
1x Crambus pascuella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Epinotia biluna
1x Apotomis betuletana
3x Apotomis turbidana
1x Caloptilia populetorum
1x Epinotia nanana
4x Opsibotys fuscalis [NEW!]
2x Spatalistis bifasciana
1x Epinotia demarniana

Apotomis betuletana

Apotomis turbidana

Caloptilia populetorum

Epinotia nanana


Lead-coloured Pug

Olive Crescent

Opsibotys fuscalis

Spatalistis bifasciana

Ypsolopha dentella

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