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 1 September 2017

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

Here is the second post containing all (or nearly all) of the Micro Moth species that I recorded on my 10 night stay to Las Descargues.
The smaller moths were quite thin on the ground most nights and with lots of bigger bulkier moths crashing around in the traps it made it harder to actually pot them up and a few escaped at times!

I still have a few for identification as always but so far the Micro Moth species list stands at 102 species.

Species highlighted in red are completely new to me. 

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

Acleris variegana
Acompsia cinerella
Acompsia tripunctella
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis glaucella
Acrobasis tumidana
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix yeatiana
Agriphila inquinatella
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Agrotera nemoralis
Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
Anania verbascalis
Ancylolomia sp
Antigastra catalaunalis
Argyresthia bonnetella
Argyresthia semitestacella
Aroga velocalla
Bactra lancealana
Batia lambdella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis glandulella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Bryotropha basaltinella
Bryotropha terrella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Calybites phasianipennella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia decorella
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rivulana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis rurinana
Coleophora sp
Coptotriche marginea
Cosmiotes freyrella
Crambus pascuella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia amplana
Cynaeda dentalis
Depressaria pulcherrimella
Dialectica scalariella
Dichomeris limosellus
Dioryctria abietella
Ectoedemia heringella
Elachista canapennella
Emmelina monodactyla
Endothenia oblongana
Endotricha flammealis
Ephestia elutella
Epinotia ramella
Ethmia quadrillella
Etiella zinckenella
Eucosma conterminana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis forficalis
Homaloxestis briantiella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Khorassania compositella
Lobesia botrana
Metalampra italica
Metendothenia atropunctana
Monopis laevigella
Monopis obviella
Niphonympha dealbatella
Nomophila noctuella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Oegoconia sp
Oncocera semirubella
Ostrinia nubilalis
Oxyptilus ericetorum
Palpita vitrealis
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phycitodes albatella
Phycitodes binnaevella
Phyllonorycter coryli
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Plutella xylostella
Pyralis farinalis
Pyrausta despicata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Pyroderces argyrogrammos
Scrobipalpa acuminatella
Scythropia crataegella
Sitochroa palealis
Stomopteryx detersella
Synaphe punctalis
Syncopacma ochrofasciella
Syncopacma sangiella
Udea ferrugalis

Dichomeris limosellus

Acompsia tripunctella

Acrobasis glaucella

Ectoedemia heringella

Ethmia quadrillella

Ancylolomia sp

Bryotropha basaltinella

Etiella zinckenella

Khorassania compositella

Carpatoplechia decorella

Celypha rivulana

Metendothenia atropunctana

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