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 8 May 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 05/05/22

I made a trip to Chippenham Fen last Thursday, and after a really muggy and warm day it looked super for moths, sadly that's where the good conditions ended. With a heavy due by 10pm and a cool mist, the moths stopped flying and everything was soaked!
But, it was worth it for several species, including many that are the earliest records ever for Cambridgeshire.
The best moths included an early Silver-barred (Previous County earliest 23rd of May), a stunning Flame Wainscot, the rarely encountered Eulia ministrana with just a few records for Cambs, and only my 2nd ever Pseudococcyx posticana (6th County record and earliest by a month and 10 days!!). 
I also got two specimens of Lime Hawk-moth, and they were both of the brown form brunnea, such a stunner.

So although the conditions were testing, there was still some quality moths to encounter and I was pleased that I made the effort.

05/05/22 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 4 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Alder Moth 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Chinese Character 1
Clouded Border 1
Common Pug 1
Common White Wave 1
Common Quaker 1
Coronet 1
Cream Wave 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Flame Wainscot
Green Carpet 1
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Iron Prominent 1
Latticed Heath 1
Least Black Arches 1
Lime Hawk-moth f.brunnea 2
Mottled Pug 2
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Orange Footman 2
Pale Oak Beauty 1
Pale Prominent 1
Pale Tussock 2
Pebble Hook-tip 3
Pebble Prominent
Red-green Carpet 1
Red Chestnut 1
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Scalloped Hook-tip 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver-barred 1
Spectacle 1
Streamer 1
Waved Umber 1
White-spotted Pug 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths

Adaina microdactyla 1
Agonopterix arenella 1
Cameraria ohridella 1
Carpatolechia proximella 1
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1
Elachista rufocinerea 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Epinotia immundana
Eucosma cana 1
Eulia ministrana 1
Evergestis forficalis 1
Parornix sp 1
Phalonidia manniana 1
Pseudococcyx posticana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
Semioscopsis steinkelleriana 1
Ypsolopha mucronella 1 

Adaina microdactyla

Carpatolechia proximella

Cream Wave

Eulia ministrana

Flame Wainscot

Mottled Pug

Phalonidia manniana

Pseudococcyx posticana


White-spotted Pug

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