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
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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 19 June 2022

Cavenham Heath - Field Trip - 16/06/22

Nearly a month has gone by since the last field trip, not sure where the time has gone, but it was vastly overdue.
With a short blast of hot weather, the window was open for field trips once more! In fact two back to back would be mind-frazzling but worth it.

First of was Cavenham Heath in nearby Suffolk, and managed by Natural England (whom also look after Chippenham Fen).
Cavenham is a cracking site, full of Birch, Oaks, scrubby plants such as Dog-rose and Hawthorn, and then plenty of typical flora you would expect here, namely Heather, Gorse & Broom.

I set-up 3 traps on what was to be the warmest night of the year, as I got home just after half past 1, it was still a blistering 20 degrees!

The night was good, lots of common species on the wing very early. There must have been many hundreds of Straw Dot, which was almost certainly the most numerous species.
I was surprised how well my mercury blended bulb did, nearly keeping up with the big 250w behemoth. The new 40w Actinic bucket trap didn't fare aswell, but did attract a few species that the other two did not (either due to the light source or positioning).

The moths were great, and highlights included, Birch Mocha, Plain Wave, Satin Wave, True Lover's Knot & Valerian Pug.
A pick of the selection of smaller moths included, Leucoptera spartifoliella, Pempelia palumbella, Anarsia spartiella & Phylloporia bistrigella.
Two Epinotia have been retained which maybe possibly Epinotia pygmaeana.
Below is the list of moths I recorded over 3 hours, 148 species in total was pretty pleasing.

16/06/22 - Cavenham Heath - West Suffolk - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Straw    
Beautiful Hook-tip    
Birch Mocha   
Bird's Wing    
Blotched Emerald    
Bordered White    
Brimstone Moth    
Brown Rustic    
Brown Silver-line    
Burnished Brass   
Clouded Border    
Clouded Silver    
Common Carpet    
Common Emerald   
Common Marbled Carpet    
Common Wave    
Common White Wave    
Cream-bordered Green Pea    
Cream-spot Tiger   
Dark Arches    
Double Square-spot    
Double-striped Pug    
Elephant Hawk-tomoth    
Fox Moth    
Green Carpet    
Green Pug    
Grey Pug    
Iron Prominent    
Large Emerald    
Large Twin-spot Carpet   
Large Yellow Underwing    
Leopard Moth    
Lesser Swallow Prominent    
Light Emerald    
Lime Hawk-moth    
Lunar Yellow Underwing    
Marbled Brown   
Marbled Minor sp    
Marbled White-spot    
Middle-barred Minor    
Mottled Beauty    
Mottled Rustic    
Narrow-winged Pug    
Peach Blossom    
Peacock Moth    
Pebble Hook-tip    
Peppered Moth    
Plain Wave   
Poplar Grey    
Purple Bar    
Red-necked Footman   
Riband Wave    
Rosy Footman    
Sallow Kitten    
Sandy Carpet    
Satin Wave   
Setaceous Hebrew Character    
Shoulder-striped Wainscot    
Silver-ground Carpet   
Small Elephant Hawk-moth    
Small Fan-footed Wave    
Small Seraphim    
Small White Wave    
Small Yellow Wave    
Smoky Wainscot    
Straw Dot    
Treble Brown Spot    
True Lover's Knot   
Valerian Pug   
White Ermine    
Wormwood Pug    
Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths
Accentria ephemerella
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Aethes beatricella
Aethes cnicana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agriphila inquinatella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania perlucidalis
Anarsia spartiella
Apotomis turbidana
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia Goedartella
Argyresthia retinella
Argyresthia spinosella
Bryotropha terrella
Caloptilia populetorum
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carpatolechia proximella
Catoptria pinella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Chilo phragmitrella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis nana
Crambus lathoniellus
Ditula angustiorana
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmetia marginea
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia pygmaeana pos
Ethmia dodecea
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Evergestis forficalis
Gilmeria pallidactyla
Gracillaria syringella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Leucoptera spartifoliella
Lyonetia clerkella
Mompha ochraceella
Neotelphusa sequax
Notocelia Trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Nymphula nitidulata
Orthotaenia undulana
Pandemis cerasana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Parornix sp
Pempelia palumbella
Phylloporia bistrigella
Platytes cerusella
Pyrausta despicata
Rhyacionia buoliana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Sitochroa Verticalis
Telechrysis tripuncta
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
True Lover's Knot

Plain Wave

Phylloporia bistrigella

Pempelia palumbella

Leucoptera spartifoliella

Epinotia pygmaeana possibly or immundana

Anarsia spartiella

Agriphila inquinatella

250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap

40w Actinic Bucket Trap

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