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

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Sunday 2 July 2023

Private Wood - Field Trip - 24/06/23

I made a trip to a new site last Saturday night on a warm but breezy night.
It's always exciting getting permission to trap new areas, and this large wood I reckon will be a right gem in the months to come.
Thanks to Bill Mansfield for dealing with all of the paperwork!

We set up several traps within the wood, some on hard standing, and others down the grassy rides.

It was a busy ole' night, with heaps of the Oak feeding tortrix moths, in their hundreds, possibly thousands, the traps were peppered with Tortrix viridana, Archips crataegana and Aleimma loeflingiana, it made it rather difficult to see past them and pick out the interesting moths.

And boy were there a few good species that I potted. Both Shaded Fan-foot and Elachista gleichenella were exceptional records for Cambs.
Some jet black Tortrix moths got the heart racing, which later both turned out to be very dark Zeiraphera isertana.
I even managed one completely new moth for me, a rather unusual looking tortrix was potted during the session, one I just could not pin down. Later on, and thanks to Tim Green, the moth turned out to be Neosphaleroptera nubilana.

I shall be back when this wind eases up again.

24/06/23 - Undisclosed Wood - Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blotched Emerald
Blue-bordered Carpet
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver-line
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Dotted Fan-foot
Dwarf Pug
Elephant Hawk-moth
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Gold Swift
Green Pug
Green Silver-lines
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Light Emerald
Lobster Moth
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Maiden's Blush
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Beauty
Oak Nycteoline
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rufous Minor Gen Det
Scarce Silver-lines
Scorched Carpet
Shaded Fan-foot
Silver-ground Carpet
Sloe Pug
Small Dotted Buff
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Emerald
Small Fan-foot
Small Phoenix
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Treble Brown Spot
Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania lancealis
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis achatana
Apotomis capreana
Archips cratagaena
Archips podana
Assara terebrella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora deuratella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia inquinatana
Ditula angustiorana
Eidophasia messingiella
Elachista gleichenella
Elachista stabilella
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia gentinaeana/marginana
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia subocellana
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudonia lacustrata
Glyphipterix forsterella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lathronympha strigana
Mompha ochraceella
Nemapogon koenigi
Neosphaleroptera nubilana
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Olindia schumacherana
Pandemis cerasana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binnaevella
Piniphila bifasciana
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scoparia pyralella
Scythropia crataegella
Strophedra weirana
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Zeiraphera isertana

Shaded Fan-foot

Sloe Pug

Apotomis capreana

Assara terebrella

Eidophasia messingiella

Elachista gleichenella

Neosphaleroptera nubilana


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