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 19 July 2020

Field Trip - Chippenham Fen - 26/06/20

A week later and I was back art Chippenham Fen, armed with the usual 4 traps and after a warm day of 27 degrees and high humidity, this in-turn sparked a few showers, just as I was loading the car up.... it was torrential, and I thought that this might not be worth it!
The temperature in the car read 23 degrees and dropped to 21 degrees by the time I reached the nearest A-road, looking east the clouds appeared lighter and less 'stormy'
I'm glad I persevered, as I drove east the rain stopped and the temperature rose from 21 degrees to 26c by the time I reached Snailwell… I was in for a good night if the rain held off!
The night was busy to say the least with the temperature not dropping below 17 degrees, all traps were heaving with moths and I reckon I would have broken the 300 species barrier if I had stayed until dawn.
I thought that I had broke my all time record for species, but recounted and with just a few pending specimens, the list is at 283 (4 pending).
So so close (286 being my highest total in one night previously).
Below is the full list, highlights for me were Caloptilia cuculipennella, Flame Wainscot, Gelechia muscosella and Elachista adscitella.

Catch Report - 26/06/20 - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 4 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

135 Macro species & 148 Micro species - 283 species in total

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful hook tip
Beautiful Hook-tip
Black Arches
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bordered Beauty
Bright-line Bright-eye
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Brown Scallop
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Chinese Character
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Pug
Common Rustic
Common Swift
Common Swift
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Currant Pug
Dark Arches
Dark Spectacle
Dark Umber
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dingy Shears
Dingy Shell
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Lobed
Double Square Spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Fen Wainscot
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Flame Wainscot
Garden Carpet
Ghost Moth
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Green Silver Lines
Grey Dagger
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Light Arches
Lilac Beauty
Lime Hawk-moth
Lobster Moth
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mere Wainscot
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Mottled Rustic
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Privet Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Round-winged muslin
Rufous Minor
Satyr Pug
Scallop Shell
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver-lines
Scarlet Tiger
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Shaded Pug
Short-cloaked Moth
Silky Wainscot
Silver Barred
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Pug
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rufous
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Brown Spot
V Pug
White Ermine
White Ermine
White Satin
Willow Beauty
Wormwood Pug

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forskalleana
Acleris hastiana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anacampsis blatterialla
Anacampsis populella
Anania crocealis
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Aphelia paleana
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis turbidana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Assara terrebrella
Batia lunaris
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia blandella
Brachmia inornatella
Bucculatrix albedinella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Calamotropha paludella
Caloptila semifascia
Caloptilia cuculipennella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilliana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis nana
Coleophora conspicuella
Coleophora trifolii
Cosmiotes stabilella
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia pomonella
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista adscitella
Elachista apicipunctella
Elachista biatomella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista utonella
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmelina monodactyla
Endothenia gent/marg
Endothenia nigricostana
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia tenerana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrillella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Eupoecilia angustana
Euzophera pinguis
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Grapholita funebrana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypochalcia ahenella
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Metzneria lappella
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Mompha subbistrigella
Monochroa palustrella
Monopis crocicapitella
Monopis laevigella
Morophaga choragella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon metaxella
Nematopogon schwarziellus
Notocelia roborana
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Nymphula nitidulata
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Phalonidia manniana
Phtherochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Psyche casta
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scoparia pyralella
Scythropia crataegella
Sitochroa verticalis
Snycopacma sp
Stathmopoda pedella
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Swammerdamia caesiella
Teleiodes vulgella
Tinea semifulvella
Tinea trinotella
Udea olivalis
Yponomeuta cag
Yponomeuta cag/mal
Yponomeuta evonynella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Ypsolopha ustella
Zeiraphera isertana

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

160w MBT Trap

Anania crocealis

Calamotropha paludella

Caloptilia cuculipennella

Caloptilia semifascia

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

Drinker Moth

Elachista adscitella

Flame Wainscot

Gelechia muscosella

Mere Wainscot

Monochroa palustrellus

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