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

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Sunday 12 September 2021

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 07/09/21

I made another (And probably final trip, due to the impending darkness in the evenings now) trip to Chippenham Fen last week.
The night was full of Caddis-flies, and moths were slow to come to the traps despite the mild temperature overnight being no lower than 15 degrees. 

I decided to have an early finish, and was packed up and away from the site by 11:30pm (With lights on at 7:30pm, 4 hours was plenty of time).

The best moths were two very good Cambridgeshire records.

The first one was an Agonopterix nervosa, 2 previous County records and last seen in 1994!

Another County 3rd was a single Stenolechia gemmella in the 250w Trap, last seen in 2017.

Other notables were a fresh Chevron, an aberrant late Clouded Border, and 8 Epinotia immundana second broods.

Now living right around the corner from this fantastic reserve, I shall be back as early as I can next year.

Catch Report - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 07/09/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 2x 125w MV Traps
49 Macro Moth Species and 34 Micro Moth Species  - 83 Species in total.

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Bulrush Wainscot
Burnished Brass
Cabbage Moth
Centre-barred Sallow
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Copper Underwing
Dingy Footman
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Thorn
Flame Shoulder
Flounced Rustic
Frosted Orange
Green Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Orange Swift
Pale Mottled Willow
Peach Blossom
Pinion-streaked Snout
Poplar Grey
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Ruby Tiger
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver Barred
Small Rufous
Small Square-spot
Square-spot Rustic
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Vine's Rustic
Webb's Wainscot
White-spotted Pug
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

Acleris emargana   
Agonopterix alstromeriana   
Agonopterix nervosa   
Apotomis betuletana   
Archips podana   
Argyresthia goedartella   
Bactra sp   
Blastobasis adustella   
Blastobasis lacticolella   
Carcina quercana   
Cataclysta lemnata   
Celypha lacunana   
Coleophora alcyonipennella   
Cosmiotes stabilella   
Cydia splendana   
Emmelina monodactyla   
Emmetia marginea   
Epermenia falciformis   
Epinotia immundana   
Epinotia nisella   
Epinotia tenerana   
Ethmia dodecea   
Eudonia mercurella   
Eudonia pallida   
Hofmannophila pseudosprestella   
Nephopterix angustella   
Pandemis cerasana   
Parapoynx stratiotata   
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella   
Pleuroptya ruralis   
Pyrausta purpuralis   
Scrobipalpa ocellatella   
Stenolechia gemmella   
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad    

Agonopterix nervosa


Clouded Border

Epinotia immundana

Stenolechia gemmella


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