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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Sunday 4 August 2019

Field Trip - Home Wood - 23/07/19

I joined Matt, Lionel and Louie to Home Wood back on the 23rd of July.
It's been a hectic few weeks keeping up with the garden totals, let alone two more trips out since this one.
The day had been warm and muggy, and with the threat of rain we still went ahead.

All setup and sweating like a pig, we waited....not long, it was manic pretty much instantly and the traps were covered in micros of varying species.

At about 1:45pm I got a txt from my wife saying that it was incredibly stormy and wet.. we could hear it in the distance, it was coming straight for us and the wind started to pick up.
Luckily we were already in the process of packing up, and had 2 traps left and we frantically checked what we could, but we were running out of time.
The car was full of moths the next morning and I added a further 6 species from the roof lining of the car!

I probably missed loads as we were rushing to pack away!

As always, there are several micro-moths pending including a few possible new species for me.

Acrocercops brongniardella was a new moth for me, and if Carpatolechia decorella and Endothenis ustulana get the ok, they will new for me aswell.

Here is the total list.

Macro Moths : 67 species
Micro Moths : 89 species

Total : 156 species

Catch Report - 23/07/19 - Home Wood - Bedfordshire - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 250w MV Clear Robinson Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic/Synergetic Combo & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total

Macro Moths

Black Arches
Bright-line Brown-eye 
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Buff Arches 
Cloaked Minor 
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald 
Common Footman 
Copper Underwing
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Dark Umber 
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Flame Shoulder
Green Pug
Haworth's Pug 
July Highflyer
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath 
Least Carpet
Least Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Lime-speck Pug 
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Mere Wainscot
Minor Shoulder-knot
Nut-tree Tussock 
Oak Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet 
Ruby Tiger
Satin Beauty 
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scorched Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart 
Slender Brindle 
Small Dotted buff 
Small Fan-footed Wave
Straw Dot
Swallow Prominent
Tree lichen Beauty
Waved Black 
White Satin 

Micro Moths  
Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris laterana comariana
Acleris notana ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Acrocercops brongniardella
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Anania hortulata
Anarsia innoxiella
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Calomotropha paludella
Caloptila alchimiella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Cameraria ohridella
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista maculicerusella
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia ustulana??
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Eulamprotes atrella
Euzophera pinguis
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Hypsopygia costalis
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Lyonetia clerkella
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Metalampra italica
Metzneria lappella
Monopis laevigella
Monopis obviella
Monopis weaverella
Myelois circumvoluta
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Parachronistis albiceps
Parornix sp
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Psoricoptera gibbosella
Pyrausta aurata
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhopobota naevana
Scoparia basistrigalis
Spilonota ocellana
Stathmopoda pedella
Stigmella sp
Tinea trinotella
Tortrix viridana
Yponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolopha sylvella
Ypsolopha ustella
Zeiraphera isertana
Zellaria hepariella

Acleris laterana/comariana

Acrocercops brongniardella

Endothenia ustulana?

Eulamprotes atrella

Gelechiidae sp

Gelechiidae sp

White-spotted Pinion

Myelois circumvoluta


Carpatolechia decorella?

Psoricoptera gibbosella

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