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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Sunday 15 May 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 09/05/22

I made a fleeting visit to Chippenham Fen last Monday.

Conditions were better than my last trip there, with a minimum of 13 degrees at midnight when I packed up it was nearly a perfect storm, apart from the gusting wind.

Numbers were not too bad, most species were represented by just 1 or 2 moths which was a shame, but species were really good with plenty of colourful variety.

Highlights were a very fresh White Pinion-spotted, Peach Blossom & May Highflyer.

On the micro front, two Ocnerostoma species were retained to check, and the best moths of the night were two Heliozela resplendella, a new moth for me. It feeds on Alder, an both examples were on the rain guard of the trap under, you guessed it, Alder!

All in all, worth it for a few hours after a busy day.

09/05/22 - 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
Angle Shades
Brimstone Moth
Chinese Character
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Common Pug
Common Quaker
Common wave
Cream Wave
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Flame Shoulder
Flame Wainscot
Green Carpet
Grey-pine Carpet
Hebrew Character
Iron Prominent
Knot Grass
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Lime Hawks
Lunar Marbled Brown
Marbled White-spot
May Highflyer
Maiden's Blush
Mottled Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak-tree Pug
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Footman
Pale Prominent
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Tussock
Pebble Hook-tip
Peach Blossom
Pine Beauty
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Poplar Grey
Reed Leopard
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Red-green Carpet
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scorched Carpet
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver-ground Carpet
Tawny-barred Angle
Waved Umber
White Ermine
White Pinion-spotted
White-spotted Pug
Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths
Adaina microdactyla
Agonopterix purpurea
Agonopterix arenella
Aphomia sociella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Bactra lancealana
Bucculatrix bechsteinella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Cameraria ohridella
Cochylis atricapitana
Coptotriche marginea
Dichrorampha sp
Elachista argentella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista sp
Endothenia sp
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epinotia immundana
Heliozela resplendella
Monopis weaverella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Ocnerostoma sp
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Prays fraxinella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Scrobipalpa costella
Syndemis musculana
Tinea trinotella
Ypsolopha mucronella 
Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Elachista argentella

Heliozela resplendella

May Highflyer

Ocnerostoma sp

Peach Blossom

White Pinion-spotted



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