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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Sunday 20 August 2017

Field Trip - Bridlepath near Hexton Chalk Pit - 03/08/17

A quick write up of a last minute field  trip to try and find an adult White-spotted Pinion, of which a Caterpillar was found by John Chainey and Jenny Spence earlier on this year.

In short, we were unsuccessful in finding them, and we really struggled on the night to get the traps out of the wind and we even had a few brief showers that were soon blown thrugh luckily.

Best moths of the night were a single Small Mottled Willow to John and Jenny's trap and a moth I rarely see, Ypsolopha horridella to one of my traps.

All in all despite quite probably my lowest species count for the start of August ever, it was nice to catch up with everybody.

Catch Report - 03/08/17 - Bridlepath near Hexton Chalk Pit - NW Hertfordshire - 3 traps in total - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 40w Actinic + 15w LED Trap
Macro Moths
Barred Rivulet
Black Arches
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Footman
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Flame Shoulder
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Maple Pug
Peppered Moth
Riband Wave
Scarce Footman
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Small Fan-footed Wave
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed moth
Tawny Speckled Pug
Tree-lichen Beauty
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle
Micro Moths
Accentria emphemerella
Acleris aspersana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix liturosa
Agriphila straminella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria
Arygresthia pruniella
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Caloptila semifascia
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia longana
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Emmelina monodactlya
Endotricha flammealis
Eucosma cana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Graphalita janthinana
Pammene aurita
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha horridella
Ypsolopha scabrella
Agonopterix liturosa

Ypsolopha horridella

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