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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Saturday 6 July 2019

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 25/06/19

A belated catch-up post from a field trip last month.

A couple of days after the bumper Bramfield Park Woods sesskion, we found ourselves over the other side of the road in Bramfield Woods.
The day had been warm, but not the heat that was expected and upon arriving at the site, it was windy and there was drizzle in the air which as the night went on turned into bouts of dense mist.
With that wind brought a coolness to the night and this really did keep numbers and species down for this usually prolific time of year.

Despite the awful conditions, we kept the lights running until around midnight and then packed up.

There were several site listers that we managed to find. 

Dark Spectacle, Sallow Kitten, Buff Arches, Anania lancealis, Piniphila bifasciana, Spilonota laricana, Cydia nigricana and Triaxomera parasitella were all new.

Here is the total list.

Macro Moths : 77 species
Micro Moths : 51 species

Total : 128 species

Catch Report - 25/06/19 - Bramfield Park Woods - Hertfordshire - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 250w MV Clear Robinson Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Beautiful Golden Y 
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blotched Emerald
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bordered White 
Brindled White spot
Brown Rustic
Buff Arches 
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman 
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Emerald 
Common Footman 
Common White Wave
Dark Arches 
Dark Spectacle 
Double Square spot
Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth 
Ghost Moth
Gold Swift 
Great Oak Beauty 
Green Silver-lines 
Grey Arches
Grey Pug 
Heart & Club 
Heart & Dart 
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent 
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Light Arches 
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lobster Moth
Marbled Brown
Marbled White-spot
Mottled Beauty
Oak Nycteoline
Orange Footman
Peach Blossom
Peppered Moth
Pine Beauty
Pine Hawk-moth
Purple Clay 
Red-necked Footman
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rustic Shoulder knot 
Sallow Kitten 
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny-barred Angle
Vines Rustic
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths 

Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loefligiana
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis capreana
Archips craetagana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia conjugella
Argyresthia retinella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Calamotropha paludella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora sp
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia nigricana
Cydia pomonella
Ditula angustiorana
Eana incanana
Emmetia marginea
Epagoge grotiana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lozotaenoides formosana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis cerasana
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Pinophila bifasciana
Plutella xylostella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa costella
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota laricana 
Teleoides luculella
Tortrix viridana
Triaxomera parasitella 
Udea olivalis
Anania lancealis

Calamotropha paludella

Cydia nigricana

A damp and miserable ride!

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Pine Hawk-moth

Oak Nycteoline

Hedya salicella

Epagoge grotiana

Eana incanana

Piniphila bifasciana version 1

Piniphila bifasciana version 2

Sallow Kitten

Spilonota laricana

Triaxomera parasitella

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