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

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Friday 21 June 2019

Grassland near Patchendon Farm

I pitched up 3 traps along a patch of grassland bordered by woodland to the West, and farmland to the East.
The day had been fairly warm at 18 degrees and cloud had bubbled up towards the evening and luckily we hung onto a bit of it, but it did eventually disappear and we were left with clear skies and a bright moon.
Traps were run from 10pm until 12am and it was fairly busy given the slight breeze and clear skies. 

Highlights were around 15 Blotched Emeralds, lots of different species of Cnephasia (to be dissected) and only my second ever Notocelia roborana.

Here is the total list

Macro Moths : 54 species
Micro Moths : 51 species

Total : 105 species

Catch Report - 18/06/19 - Patchendon Farm Grassland - Hertfordshire - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 3 traps in total

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blotched Emerald
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Dark Arches
Flame Shoulder
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Dart
Ingrailed Clay
Large Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Emerald
Lobster Moth
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor sp
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Privet Hawk-moth
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Silver-ground Carpet
Sloe Pug
Small White Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Treble Bar
Treble Brown Spot
Treble Lines
Turnip Moth
Vine's Rustic
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Acompsia cinerella
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loefligiana
Anania hortulata
Ancylis achatana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis turbidana
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia pruniella
Blastodacna hellerella
Bryotropha terrella
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis molliculana
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus perlella
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia sp
Elachista maculicerusella
Epinotia signatana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eulamprotes unicolorella
Grapholita compositella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Lyonetia clerkella
Morophaga choragella
Nemapogon sp
Notocelia roborana
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Opostege salicella
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heperana
Parornix sp
Plutella xylostella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Teleoides luculella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis

Ditula angustiorana


160w MBT Trap

Acompsia cinerella

Blastodacna hellerella

Blotched Emerald

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Notocelia roborana

Elachista maculicerusella

Crambus perlella


Epinotia signatana

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