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.
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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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Thursday 19 August 2021

Panshanger Park - Field Trip - 11/08/21

I ran some traps at Panshanger Park once again on the 11th of August and was really pleased with the variety of species that were flying, it included some real cracking Macros and not just the Micros this time.
Where do I start, well I didn't expect to see Antler Moth, Rosy Minor or Dewick's Plusia, all bonuses on a busy night.
Tawny Speckled Pug is such a great looking moth, one was in particularly pristine condition! Talking of pristine, some Sharp-angled Carpet's were also in mint condition.
The best moth of the night was a tentative Monochroa arundinetella (last seen in Cheshunt prior to 1901!). So a flipping good record if it is indeed this species. The moth is currently with Colin Plant for dissection.
The nights are slowly drawing in now and the species are representing an Autumnal feel now with oodles of Straw Underwing's and Square-spot Rustic's
Catch Report - Panshanger Park - Hertfordshire - 11/08/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap & 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap

75 Macro Moth Species and 70 Micro Moth Species  - 145 Species in total.

My personal list is below.

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Black Arches
Brimstone Moth
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Footman
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Copper Underwing
Dark Arches
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Ear Moth sp
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Flounced Rustic
Grey Dagger sp
Gypsy Moth
Hoary Footman
Iron Prominent
Jersey Tiger
Knot Grass
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lime-speck Pug
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Maiden's Blush
Maple Pug
Mouse Moth
Oak Hook-tip
Oak Nycteoline
Pale Prominent
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Pine Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Minor
Ruby Tiger
Scarce Footman
September Thorn
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Sharp-angled Carpet
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Six-striped Rustic
Small Rivulet
Square-spot Rustic
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing
Tawny-speckled Pug
Tree-lichen Beauty
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Yarrow Pug
Yellow Shell
Micro Moths
Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris notana ferrugana
Acompsia cinerella
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agriphila selasella
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Archips xylosteana
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Bactra furfurana
Bactra sp
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha terrella
Calamotropha paludella
Caloptilia alchimiella robustella
Calybites phasianipennella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Caryocolum fraternella pos
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria faslella
Catoptria pinella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis spectrana
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora hemerobiella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia splendana
Donacaula forficella
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia tenerana
Epiphyas postvittana
Eucosma conterminana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Gypsonoma dealbana
Helycystogramma rufescens
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Mompha epilobiella
Mompha propinquella
Monochroa arundinetella pos
Monopis weaverella
Nemophepterix angustella
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heperana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Pediasia contaminella
Phycita roborella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Recurvaria leucatella
Spilonota ocellana
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Teleiodes vulgella
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta cag mal pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Zeiraphera isertana 
Antler Moth

Caryocolum fraternella pos

Dewick's Plusia

250w MV Robinson Trap

Monochroa arundinetella pos

Rosy Minor

Sharp-angled Carpet

Six-striped Rustic

Tawny-speckled Pug

Yarrow Pug


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