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.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Sunday 6 November 2022

Lost Post pt.1

I somehow forgot to include and write up a few posts from late August and early September.

The first one was on the 23rd of August, it was so long ago now that I can't really remember what the weather conditions were like on the night (A smack on the wrist for not writing it up closer to the time, as memories fade).
What I do remember though was a plague of Hornets around both of the traps I ran in the woodland, which made recording the moths fairly hazardous.

The woodland was a new one for me, and has never been trapped before. This for me is one of the most exciting aspects of moth recording, even better than going to special sites where you are guaranteed rare species, there's something personally sweeter, finding your own scarcities.

The site in question was a woodland out towards the Suffolk side of Newmarket, only just in East Cambs by a smidgen. 
It is a fairly substantial woodland with gated access, with the ability to drive around the main rides. Unfortunately on this occasion we were still waiting for a key to allow us easier access.

Lugging the gear in was good exercise, it's the packing up and carrying the stuff back at 2 in the morning that is always the issue I find.

A good selection of late summer species were recorded, and it was good to try somewhere new, and somewhere where I will be focusing my attention on next year.

23/08/22 - Wood South-East of Newemrket - East Cambridgeshire - 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 40w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Brimstone Moth
Common Wainscot
Dusky Thorn
Flame Shoulder
Green Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Orange Swift
Poplar Hawk-moth
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Small Square-spot
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing
Square-spot Rustic
Square-spotted Clay
Turnip Moth
Vine's Rustic
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Acentria emphemerella
Acleris emargana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Argyresthia pruniella
Blastobasis adustella
Caloptilia semifascia
Celypha lacunana
Cydia splendana
Dichrorampha acuminatana
Emmetia marginea
Epinotia nisella
Eudonia mercurella
Evergestis forficalis
Hypatima rhomboidella
Mompha subbistrigella
Monopis weaverella
Pandemis corylana
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Ypsolopha sequella
Agonopterix liturosa

Anacampsis populella

Cryptoblabes bistriga

Elachista bisulcella

Small Wainscot

Stenolechia gemmella

Stigmella samiatella


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