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

Sunday 26 July 2015

Moth deluge at Hexton for National Moth Night

Last Thursday we had a good night at Hexton, with 167 species in all, with two still pending identification.
It was a pretty good night weather wise as well with oodles of cloud cover and a very faint breeze and a minimum temperature at leaving time at 14 degrees.

It has taken me a few days to sort it all out but highlights were 8+ Royal Mantle, 1x Agriphila inquinatella, 1x Pyla fusca, 2x Wood Carpet, 2x Rosy Minor, 4x Barred Rivulet and no less than 10 Paratalanta hyalinalis, the rare Pyralid we discovered last year that hadn't been seen since 1937, evidently it is hear safe and sound and still in good numbers.
I didn't get to bed until 3am and was up at 6 so was thoroughly shattered!

The suspected Least Minor was just a very small Cloaked Minor (Least Minor is absent from the Herts list and most of the South)
The unusual Brocade sp that I took home has been agreed on just an unusual form of Dark Arches, I have certainly never seen anything like it. 
Thanks to all of the chaps that turned up and a great turn out of 7 people, with 3 others helping me pack up it made it a lot more bearable, so thank you!

Catch Report -  23/07/15 - Hexton Chalk Pit - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap

167 Species - 95 Macros and 72 Micros

Macro Moths

2x Barred Rivulet [NEW!]
1x Barred Yellow
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Black Arches
1x Bordered Sallow
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
4x Brown Scallop
5x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Buff Arches
3x Buff Footman
2x Burnished Brass
1x Campion
1x Chinese Character
10x Clay
6x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
2x Clouded Silver
2x Common Carpet
1x Common Footman

15+ Common Rustic
2x Common Wainscot
10x Dark Arches
1x Dark Umber
3x Dingy Footman
2x Dot Moth
10+ Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dusky Sallow
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Ear Moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
5x Fern
3x Flame
4x Flame Shoulder

1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Arches
1x Grey/Dark Dagger (to be gen det)
1x Grey Pug

3x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Club
4x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
1x Large Emerald
6x Large Twin-spot Carpet
5x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Latticed Heath
1x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Light Arches

1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
2x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
4x Nut-tree Tussock

1x Nutmeg
1x Pebble Prominent

1x Peppered Moth
2x Pretty Chalk Carpet
1x Purple Bar

5x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
2x Rosy Minor [NEW!]
8+ Royal Mantle
6x Ruby Tiger
8x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
10+ Scarce Footman
5x Shaded Broad-bar
10+x Silver Y
2x Single-dotted Wave
2x Slender Brindle
2x Slender Pug
1x Small Emerald
7x Small Fan-footed Wave
10x Small Phoenix
1x Small Scallop
2x Small Waved Umber
1x Small Yellow Wave
10x Smoky Wainscot
1x Snout
2x Spectacle
2x Straw Dot
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Sycamore
1x Toadflax Pug
5x Uncertain
1x V-pug
1x White-spotted Pug
2x Wood Carpet
4x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail
Micro Moths
10+ Paratalanta hyalinalis
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Agriphila inquinatella 
1x Acleris aspersana
10+ Eucosma obumbratana
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana
1x Eucosma conterminana
15+ Eucosma cana
10+ Agapeta zoegana
3x Agapeta hamana
6x Agriphila straminea
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Clepsis consimilana
4x Pleuroptya ruralis
5x Pterophorus pentadactyla
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Plutella xylostella
10+ Eudonia lacustrata
5x Eudonia mercurella
3x Cnephasia sp
2x Carcina quercana
1x Batia lunaris
2x Syncopacma sp
5+ Endotricha flammealis
1x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Monopis weaverella
1x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Psyche casta (case)
2x Acleris forsskaleana
15+ Catoptria pinella
5x Acentria ephemerella
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
2x Udea prunalis
2x Cochylis hybridella
1x Cydia pomonella
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
2x Metzneria metzneriella
1x Acleris variegana
2x Aethes cnicana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Coleophora trifolii
2x Euzophera pinguis
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
10+ Crambus perlella
3x Stenoptilia pterodactyla
1x Archips xylosteana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Acrobasis advenella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Teleiodes vulgella
1x Oncocera semirubella
1x Notocelia uddmanniana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Lobesia abscisana
2x Archips podana
1x Acrobasis consociella
1x Rhopobota naevana
2x Cydia fagiglandana
3x Acrobasis suavella
1x Pyla fusca
1x Pammene aurita
1x Ditula angustiorana
2x Scoparia subfusca
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Pos Scoparia basistrigalis (to be gen det)
1x Mompha raschkiella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Aphelia paleana
2x Agonopterix liturosa
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
Dagger sp

Rosy Minor

Royal Mantle

Wood Carpet

Pyla fusca

Paratalanta hyalinalis

Dark Arches

Cydia fagiglandana

Acleris aspersana

Agriphila inquinatella

Barred Rivulet

Cloaked Minor

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