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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Saturday 27 August 2016

Field Trip - Home Wood nr Upper Caldecote - Bedfordshire - 28/07/16

I made a trip back up to Bedfordshire to join Matt and Lionel Burgess for my second trapping session at Home Wood just down the road from Upper Caldecote and Matt's residence.
It did not seem like two years since we all met up previously and I must make the effort to make this an annual treat to sample slightly different moths to what I am usually use to. (Mere Wainscot springs instantly to mind). 
As we all finished setting up, I was glad that I had put black sacks over all of the electrical points and sheltered the generator as it absolutely HAMMERED it down! I knew that sky was looking a little angry but this wasn't forecast at all and we had to shelter from the deluge in our vehicles...all except Matt's son who got drenched insisting on 'netting' anything that turned up to the sheet (that's the spirit lad!) 
Matt arrived a little later to take is son home and commented on how dry the road was towards the wood...DRY!? We were flipping soaked.
The Wine Race was again won by Matt with an incredible lead once again and a bottle of bubbly was duly presented as we pondered how the night might pan out now that it had stopped raining after a good 20 minute downpour.
It was pretty slow to start with and didn't really get going but there was enough to keep us interested and we trapped until about 2AM.
The list is below and did not feature any 'Ground-breaking' species but it was nice all the same to catch up and have a laugh. 

Lionel and Matt, please let me know of any corrections or alterations and I will amend the list.

Catch Report - 28/07/16 - Home Wood nr Upper Caldecote - Bedfordshire - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 80w MV with vertical sheet 1x Ratface Actinic/Blacklight Blue/Synergetic Heath Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap

Macro Moths - 72 Species

Black Arches
Brimstone Moth 
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Dark Arches 
Dingy Footman
Dot Moth
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Early Thorn
Flame Carpet
Flame Shoulder 
Green Pug
July Highflyer
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lunar-spotted Piniom
Maiden's Blush 
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Mere Wainscot
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Peppered Moth 
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Purple Thorn
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave 
Rosy Footman
Ruddy Carpet 
Rufous Minor
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scorched Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-footed Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing 
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Vapourer Moth
White Satin Moth
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths - 69 Species

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris laterana/comariana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonnopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix liturosa
Agriphila straminella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana 
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Catoptria falsella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Donacaula forficella
Eucosma brunnichana
Eucosma cana
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia signatana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophora pinguis
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hypsopygia costalis
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaenia forsterana
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Spilonota ocellana
Syncopacma sp
Tinea trinotella
Ypnomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha scabrella
Zeiraphera isertana

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Rhyacionia pinicolana

Flame Carpet

Black Arches

Lunar-spotted Pinion

Mere Wainscot

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