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 18 June 2023

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 14/06/23

I was joined by Leslie at Chippenham Fen for a mothing session last Wednesday.
The day had been nice and warm with highs of 26 degrees, and there was no wind at all. Setting up at 8:30pm it was still around 20 degrees, but it did drop a bit under clear skies to around 12 degrees at packing up time 2 hours after midnight.
4 lights were ran in different areas of the fen, and all traps had different species present.
It was great working the traps all night, exhausting and back-breaking mind, Leslie listing as we went round, when I got to 3 or 4 new names to add I was asked to slow down! Finally moth species have improved. 
177 species were logged and the list included some really good quality moths. 
We managed 2 Rannoch Looper's, that made it 3 in a week after the one in my garden. Reports across the country have replicated a mini boom for this wandering species.

Valerian Pug was a new species for the site for me, as was Coleophora albidella (Identified under a hand lens by the gingery tuft underneath it's palps). 

Stigmella trimaculella was a completely new species for me, although i've heard that the mines are easier to find than the adults, a Stigmella that can be identified visually is a rarity.

What a night, it certainly took me a few days to recover.

14/06/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 4 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Angle Shades
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bordered White
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Clay Triple-lines
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Buff
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Cream-bordered Green Pea
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dotted Fan-foot
Dusky Brocade
Eyed Hawk-moth
Flame Wainscot
Four-dotted Footman
Garden Carpet
Gold Swift
Green Carpet
Grey Birch
Grey Pug
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Nutmeg
Latticed Heath
Light Emerald
Lobster Moth
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Marbled Coronet
Marked Minor sp
Marked White-spot
May Highflyer
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Mottled Rustic
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pinion-streaked Snout
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Kitten
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Rannoch Looper
Reed Dagger
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silky Wainscot
Silver Barred
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Dotted Buff
Small Square-spot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Treble Brown Spot
Treble Lines
Valerian Pug
Vine's Rustic
White Ermine
Micro Moths

Acentria emphermerella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealia
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Aphomia sociella
Bactra sp
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia inornatella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Carpatolechia proximella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitrella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis molliculana
Cochylis nana
Coleophora albidella
Coleophora mayrella
Coptoptriche marginea
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia inquinatana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista obliquella
Elachista humilis
Elachista maculicerusella
Elophila nymphaeata
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Ephestia sp
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia immundana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrilella
Eudonia angustea
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lathronympha strigana
Luquetia lobella
Lyonetia clerkella
Monopis laevigella
Nascia cilialis
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon metaxella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis cerasana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana/udana
Piniphila bifasciana
Platytes cerrusella
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Ptycholoma lecheana
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa costella
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota ocellana
Stigmella trimaculella
Strophedra weirana
Tinea semifulvella
Tischeria eklebladella
Tortrix viridana
Triaxomera parasitella
Udea olivalis

Clay Triple-lines

Coleophora albidella

Dusky Brocade

Gold Swift

160w MBT

Obscure Wainscot

Piniphila bifasciana

Rannoch Looper

Reed Dagger

Rhodophaea formosa

Stigmella trimaculella

Valerian Pug

Elachista obliquella


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