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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Sunday 15 September 2019

Field Trip - Weston Park - 12/09/19

On Thursday last week, I was invited to run some moth traps at Weston Park, a mere 6 minute drive from where I live.
I was greeted at 7pm, and shown around the grounds and decided on a few good areas to position my traps.
The day had been warm in the sunshine but with a cool wind developing at times.
Full cloud cover ensued after dark but the wind didn't drop and I think this slightly hampered the numbers in the end, in fact one trap I decided to re-site because of the gusty conditions.

Thankfully the three other traps that were tucked away faired much better. 

It was extremely exciting and rewarding coming to an area so close to me that has never been properly explored for moths before.

I packed up at around half midnight and left just after 1am with a pretty tidy list for this time of year with 44 species.

Best Macro Moth for me was an Orange Sallow, owing to the mature Limes in the vicinity.. expected really.
Also 3 forms of Elachista canapennella had my head scratching! 

Many thanks to Margaret Luis for organising the evening for me, I shall be back hopefully soon.

Here is the full list

Catch Report - 12/09/19 - Weston Park - Hertfordshire - 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

Angle Shades
Brimstone Moth
Brindled Green
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-spot Pinion
Centre-barred Sallow
Common Wainscot
Copper Underwing
Dusky Thorn
Flame Shoulder
Green Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lunar Underwing
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Sallow
Orange Swift
Red-green Carpet
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Small Dusty Wave
Square-spot Rustic
Straw Dot
Vine's Rustic

Micro Moths

Acleris sparsana
Agriphila geniculea
Blastobasis adustella
Cameraria ohridella
Celypha lacunana
Cydia splendana
Elachista canapennella
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmelina monodactlya
Epiphyas postvittana
Parectopa ononidis
Phyllonorycter sp
Plutella xylostella
Scrobipalpa costella
Stigmella sp
Ypsolopha alpella
Ypsolopha parenthesella

Epiphyas postvittana

Brindled Green

Brown-spot Pinion

Centre-barred Sallow

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Orange Sallow

Orange Swift Female

Elachista canapennella

Elachista canapennella

Elachista canapennella

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