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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Thursday 6 July 2017

Trip to Las Descargues 26th June - 03rd July - Macro Moths

Last week I flew out to Limoges with Roger and Steve and then drove south for just over two hours and arrived at Las Descargues in the Midi-pyrenees just in time for the first night's moth trapping.

The weather was warm and muggy when we landed and the further sout we drove, the cloudier and darker it got when all of a sudden the heavens opened and a monsoon was experienced just at the crucial time of trying to find the supermarket for our week's shop!
With the rain came wind and plummeting temperatures, in fact the first night's temperature of 17 degrees was to be the highest until Sunday where we managed 19.5c at lower altitude. 
Most days we were really up against the elements, with persistant rain, wind and even hail the size of 5 pence pieces.
Some days the temperature didn't get above 14 degrees, ridiculous to say the least and with lows of 9 we weren't holding out for much.
Sods law was that the previous weeks temperatures were between 28 and 37 degrees!

Nevertheless we were there to catch Moths, observe Butterflies and watch Birds and on some days when the weather was too grim we enjoyed a good sweep around the grass for Crickets and Grasshoppers!

The best nights were the first night that we turned up, completely shattered from travelling and the last night before we had to travel back, not ideal but we just had to make do.

Some beautiful species were observed at the traps and we made two trips out (It would have been more had the weather been better, but risk of lightning strikes and electrocution from the wet was too much of a risk) one to the Causse at Dolmen de la Pierre Martin and another to the Verdal Gorge.

Robin and Sue were great hosts throughout the whole week and I urge people to book up and have an amazing wildlife experience that is there to offer.
I enjoyed it so much that I will be returning very soon.

Below are the Macro Moth highlights and some pictures of the traps, weather and scenery.

The list currently stands at 192 species of Macro Moth recorded with the best moth an Arctiidae species Dysauxes punctata which we recorded at the Causse and is a very rare moth in the Midi-pyrenees with just records from this single site.

More can be found on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/33398884@N03/

Species in red are new to me.

Atypha pulmonaris
Barred Hook-tip
Bird's Wing
Black Arches
Black v moth
Blair's Mocha
Bordered Beauty
Bright Wave
Brindled White Spot
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Caradrina aspersa
Chequered Wave
Chinese Character
Clay fan-foot
Clouded border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Heath
Common Rustic
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Cream Wave
Cyclophora lennigiaria
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Dot Moth
Double Kidney
Drymonia querna
Dwarf Cream Wave
Dysauxes punctata
Elephant Hawk-moth
Feathered Beauty
Fiery Clearwing
Four-spotted Footman
Frosted Orange
Frosted Yellow
Garden Carpet
Garlic Mottled
Goat Moth
Great Oak Beauty
Green silver-lines
Grey Dagger
Grey-pine Carpet
Guernsey Underwing
Heart and Dart
Heart Moth
Hoary Footman
Hoplodrina Respersa
Horse Chestnut
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Idaea Deversaria
Idaea subsaturata
Idia Calvaria
Iron Prominent
Isle of Wight Wave
Jersey Emerald
Jubilee Fan-foot
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
L-album Wainscot
Lamprosticta Culta
Large Dagger
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Least Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Brocade
Light Crimson Underwing
Light Emerald
Little Thorn
Lobster Moth
Lunar Thorn
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Map-winged Swift
Marbled Minor
Marbled White-spot
Minor Shoulder knot
Mottled Rustic
Mouse Moth
Muslin Footman
Mythimna sicula
Nut-tree Tussock
Nyctobrya ravula
Oak Hook-tip
Oak Nycteoline
Olive Crescent
Orange Footman
Orange Moth
Pale Mottled Willow
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Shoulder
Peacock moth
Pearly Underwing
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Processionary
Plum Lappet
Poplar Hawk-moth
Privet Hawk-moth
Purple Bar
Red-necked Footman
Rhodostrophia calabra
Rhodostrophia vibicaria
Rosy Footman
Rosy Marbled
Sandy Carpet
Scarce Bordered Straw
Scarce Chocolate-tip
Scarce Footman
Scarce Hook-tip
Scarce Silver-lines
Scarlet Tiger
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
September Thorn
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Single Dotted Wave
Small Black Arches
Small Dusty Wave
Small fan-footed Wave
Small Marbled
Small Mottled Willow
Small Phoenix
Small purple-barred
Small Ranunculus
Small White Wave
Southern Buff-tip
Spanish Character
Speckled Footman
Speckled Yellow
Spotted Sulphur
Spurge Hawk-moth
Sub-angled Wave
Swallow Prominent
Tawny Wave
Tephronia cremiaria
Three-humped Prominent
Toadflax Brocade
Treble bar
Treble Brown Spot
True Lover's Knot
Turnip Moth
Varied Coronet
Waved Umber
Weavers Wave
White Satin
White Speck
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell


Beautiful Yellow Underwing

Cyclophora lennigiaria

Dewick's Plusia

Drymonia querna

Dysauxes punctata

Scarce Hook-tip

Spurge Hawk-moth

True Lover's Knot

Las Descargues view from the decking

The Verdal Gorge - Stunning!

One of the traps on the decking

Trap in the side garden

Stormy skies at the Causse

The Causse

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