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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Friday 25 August 2017

Trip to Las Descargues 8th August - 18th August - Macro Moths

I made a trip back to Robin Howard's beautiful place in the Midi-pyrenees with my wife on the second week of August.
We planned to stay over our anniversary but we were unsure of what the weather would be like, so very opted for a slightly longer stay of 10 days incase the weather wasn't too good.

We are very glad that we did as the first 4 days were quite wet and windy and with daytime temperatures not getting much higher than 18 degrees, it felt like the trip back in June al over again!
Thankfully by Saturday the temperature had recovered and we were enjoying the sunshine finally and by Monday we made use of the stunning swimming pool that we had all to ourselves (although it was quite cold and took your breathe away). Typically on the last day (Thursday) it was really warm and the pool felt a bit warmer so we made the most of it!

Of course Moths were once again on the agenda, a I was granted permission to use traps aeound thr garden, extending to the ridge with a generator if I wanted to. 

The first few nights were hard going and measly pickings but of course every trap had it's surprises in, and having not been here in August before there were plenty of moths that i'd never seen before.

2 of the traps on the first couple of nights got water-logged and then I had the challenging time of dealing with lively Hornets, albeit they are quite docile once the sun has rose and some mornings I just had to wait for it to get light before I could get near the traps.

We also lost one of the bulbs in the lower garden, I woke up to find it glowing green/white and thought it was odd and then getting nearer and realising the bulb had smashed, not good as Robin didn't have a 3-pin spare. How on earth it smashed when we had no rain that night (and it had a secure rainguard on it anyway) is beyond me. I could still see the light in my vision for about 15 minutes after which was slightly worrying!

By Saturday and Sunday, nights were really warm and temperatures kept in the high teens some nights even when the sky had cleared and working the traps in the morning (sometimes 4) was pretty hard work to say the least. Potting stuff up I didn't recognise, keeping a list on a notepad, the traps were full up and some mornings each trap had about 400 moths in, and I had 4 running! The best night I had around 160 species which is pretty incredible for August apprarently.

This first post I will list the Macro Moths that I saw on my trip.

I still have a few for identification as always but so far the Macro Moth species list stands at 193 species.

Species highlighted in red are completely new to me. 

All of the Macro Moth species that I took photos of can now be viewed on my flickr page HERE

Adactylotis contaminaria
Angle Shades
Barred Hook-tip
Beautiful Hook-tip
Beautiful Marbled
Beautiful Yellow Underwing
Birch Mocha
Bird's Wing
Black Arches
Black V Moth
Blair's Mocha
Bordered White
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-barred White
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brussels Lace
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Chinese Character
Clay Triple-lines
Cloaked Carpet
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Buff
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Copper Underwing
Coxcomb Prominent
Crescent Dart
Dark Spectacle
Dark Sword-grass
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Dotted Clay
Double-striped Pug
Drymonia querna
Dumeril's Rustic
Dusky Marbled Brown
Ear Moth
Early Thorn
Epilecta linogrisea
Essex Emerald
Eupithecia semigraphata or impurata
False Mocha
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Flounced Rustic
Four-spotted Footman
Foxglove Pug
Frosted Yellow
Garden Carpet
Garden Tiger
Grass Emerald
Great Dart
Green Silver-lines
Grey Dagger
Gypsy Moth
Heart & Dart
Hoary Footman
Horse Chestnut
Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Idaea deversaria
Idia calvaria
Iron Prominent
Jersey Emerald
Jersey Tiger
Knot Grass
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Treble-bar
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Lunar Thorn
Lythria cruentaria
Maiden's Blush
Marbled Clover
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Oak Processionary
Orache Moth
Orange Footman
Paidia rica
Pale Mottled Willow
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Shoulder
Peach Blossom
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pigmy Footman
Pine Hawk-moth
Pine Processionary
Pine-tree Lappet
Pinion-streaked Snout
Plum Lappet
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Kitten
Poplar Lappet
Portland Riband Wave
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rosy Marbled
Ruby Tiger
Satin Wave
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scarce Bordered Straw
Scarce Footman
Scarce Merveille du Jour
Scarlet Tiger
Scopula tesselaria
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Single-dotted Wave
Small Angle Shades
Small Black Arches
Small Blood-vein
Small Dusty Wave
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Mottled Willow
Small Purple-barred
Small Ranunculus
Small Rivulet
Small White Wave
Speckled Beauty
Spotted Sulphur
Square-spotted Clay
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing
Swallow Prominent
Synopsia sociaria
Tawny Prominent
Tawny-barred Angle
Tephronia sepiaria
Toadflax Brocade
Tree-lichen Beauty
True Lover's Knot
Vine's Rustic
Waved Umber
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
Wood Carpet
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle
Yellow-headed Phoenix

Beautiful Marbled

Beautiful Yellow Underwing

Cloaked Carpet

Epilecta linogrisea

Essex Emerald

False Mocha

Idia calvaria

Orache Moth

Scopula tesselaria

Poplar Lappet

Paidia rica

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