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 8 June 2019

Bramfield Woods - 04/06/19

We did another trip to Bramfield Woods on Tuesday night (4th of June).

In short, and after a wet and cool day with max temperatures of just 15 degrees, we struggled! 
Clear skies were a feature as we were setting up, and before it even got remotely dark we could see our breath, never a good sign for the night ahead!
But we soldiered on and we did get some cloud cver roll in from the South, but it was just too cold and misty and we ended up packing away by midnight.

There were a few standout species amongst a modest cast of moths, of note were 2 Pine Carpets to the bright 250w clear bulb on the usual cross-roads spot, and 3 Map-winged Swifts, also to the 2 traps in the far East.
Aethes beatricella was the best Micro-moth, captured by Trevor.

All 3 species were new for the site, and none are common in the County.

Overall, 50 species was a bit of a come-down from 3 night's previous 200+
It just goes to show how weather dependant mothing really is!

Here is the total list

Macro Moths : 33 species
Micro Moths : 17 species

Total : 50 species

Catch Report - 04/06/19 - Bramfield Woods - Hertfordshire - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 5 traps in total + 3 extra traps provided by Trevor
Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Brindled White-spot
Brown Silver-lines
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Swift
Coxcomb Prominent
Cream Wave
Flame Shoulder
Green Carpet
Grey Arches
Grey-pine Carpet
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
Larch Pug
Large Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Maiden's Blush
Map-winged Swift
Marbled Brown
Orange Footman
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Pine Carpet
Purple Bar
Rustic Shoulder knot
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver-ground Carpet
Small White Wave
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Vine's Rustic

Micro Moths

Aethes beatricella
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Argyresthia brockeella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Celypha lacunana
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia heringella
Glyphipterix forsterella
Hedya pruniana
Lathronympha strigana
Lobesia reliquana
Notocelia cynosbatella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Syndemis musculana
Tortrix viridana

Argyresthia brockeella

Ingrailed Clay

Map-winged Swift

Marbled Brown

Pine Carpet

Scoparia ambigualis

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