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 6 June 2021

Bramfield Woods - Field Trip - 02/06/21

Running a bit behind now already, a commonplace theme in the Summer as the temperatures improve overnight which allows me to garden trap and go out in the field on the same night. The downside to this? Lack of sleep, getting up at 6am for work, and going to bed earlier on the nights before a trip out.

Last Wednesday I was joined by Trevor Brownsell to Bramfield Woods, after a really warm day, and light winds, we turned up well before dark and as we got out of our cars, we knew it was going to be a good night.
There was an early threat of rain, but this was to pass much further West than our position, so we thought....
O dear, once setup it started spitting at around 9pm, then it was raining and then getting heavier and then it would stop. This continued to happen for the next 4 hours! Not happy, as it made all of the sheets wet, the egg trays moist, and moths don't swim very well (Actually I tell a lie, they do swim very well, it's just a mission to work out what the species was for ridiculous scale-loss).
It just made it rather unpleasant, but and this is a BIG but. The moths were prevelant and kept coming in despite the on and off rain and because it was so mild.
We ended up with a fairly big list of expected moths, some a few weeks behind their normal flight period.
Highlight for me was the 3rd County record of Pammene ignorata, after taking the joint 1st with Andrew Wood back in 2017.

A great trip out despite soggy equipment!

Catch Report - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 02/06/21 - 6 traps - 2x 250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x Quad 20w Wemlite Actinic and 15w Synergetic Trap

76 Macro Moth species & 58 Micro Moth species - 134 species in total

Macro Moths
Alder Moth
Angle Shades
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bordered White
Brimstone Moth
Broken-barred Carpet
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver Line
Clay triple-lines
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common White Wave
Coxcomb Prominent
Cream Wave
Dwarf Pug
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Gold Swift
Great Oak Beauty
Green Carpet
Green Silver-lines
Grey Pug
Iron Prominent
Large Nutmeg
Least Black Arches
Light Brocade
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime-speck Pug
Maidens Blush
Maple Prominent
Map-winged Swift
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor agg
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Ochreous Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Hazel
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver Y
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Phoenix
Small White Wave
Spruce Carpet
Swallow Prominent
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Lines
Waved Umber
White Ermine

Micro Moths
Adela reamurella
Aethes cnicana
Aethes smeathmanniana
Anania hortulata
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Aphomia sociella
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia conjugella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Caloptila alchimiella/robustella
Capua vulgana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Cnephasia communana
Cochylis nana
Coleophora albicosta
Coleophora sp White
Cydia fagiglandana
Ectoedemia minimella/occultella
Elachista argentella
Epiblema costipunctana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia rubiginosana
Epinotia subocellana
Epinotia tenerana
Epinotia tetraquetrana
Epiphyas postvittana
Esperia sulphurella
Eulia ministrana
Evergestis forficalis
Glyphipterix forsterella
Grapholita compositella
Grapholita funebrana
Incurvaria masculella
Lobesia reliquana
Mompha subbistrigella
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Pammene argyrana
Pammene ignorata
Parornix sp
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter tenerella
Phylloporia bistrigella
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Ptycholoma lecheana
Rhyacionia pinivorana
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Strophedra weirana
Swammerdamia caesiella
Syndemis musculana
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria eklebladella 
Setting up

125w MV Robinson Trap

Aethes semeathmanniana

Bordered White

Cnephasia communana

Ectoedemia minimella occultella

Epinotia demarniana

Epinotia subocellana

Ochreous Pug

Pammene ignorata

Sallow Kitten



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