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

Thursday 17 August 2023

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 14/08/23

I made a post-holiday trip to Chippenham Fen on Monday night, and with a warm humid feel to the day it looked set to be a rather busy night.
Daytime temperatures have been around the 22 to 24 degree mark, but with the high humidity and in that sunshine, it's felt morelike 30 degrees.
Even after dark and well into the night, the temperature remained in the mid-teens.

As always at this time of year, the stingy things were out in force, my last trip here I was plagued by wasps. This time it was the turn of the Hornets! Much more docile and less likely to sting I find, but they still blunder all over the place and I even had one hit my head at one point!

Highlights of the night were 2x Triple-spotted Pugs, my first for over 10 years. Some beautiful forms of Epinotia nisella, a slightly aberrant Eudonia pallida, a pair of the attractive Nemapogon clematella and Mere & Webb's Wainscots, both new sightings for the year.

I make it 176 species, with 3 in that lot pending dissection. 200 species from now on will be virtually impossible as we head out of the peak mothing season.

14/08/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 4 traps, 125w MV Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths - 101 Species

Angle Shades
Black Arches
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-barred White
Burnished Brass
Cabbage Moth
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Copper Underwing
Dagger sp
Dingy Footman
Dingy Shell
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Fen Wainscot
Figure of Eighty
Flame Carpet
Flame Shoulder
Flounced Rustic
Ghost Moth
Gold Spot
Green Carpet
Gypsy Moth
Iron Prominent
Knot Grass
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lime-speck Pug
Mere Wainscot
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Pale Prominent
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Pinion-streaked Snout
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Kitten
Purple Bar
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rosy Rustic
Ruby Tiger
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scorched Carpet
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Barred
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Six-striped Rustic
Small Blood-vein
Small Dusty Wave
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Rufous
Small Square-spot
Small Waved Umber
Smoky Wainscot
Square-spot Rustic
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing
Swallow Prominent
Tree-lichen Beauty
Triple-spotted Pug
Turnip Moth
Twin-spotted Wainscot
Vine's Rustic
Webb's Wainscot
White-line Dart
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle


Micro Moths - 75 Species

Acentria ephemerella
Achroia grisella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acrobasis advenella
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella
Agriphila selasella
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Anacampsis populella TBC
Anania lancealis
Apotomis betuletana
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Bactra lancealana TBC
Bedellia somnulentella
Blastobasis adustella
Bucculatrix albedinella
Bucculatrix bechsteinella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria falsella
Celypha lacunana
Chilo phragmitella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora alcyonipennella/frischella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia splendana
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmelina monodactyla
Emmetia marginea
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Eudonia truncicolella
Eulamprotes atrella
Euzophera pinguis
Homoeosoma nimbella
Limnaecia phragmitella
Lyonetia clerkella
Mompha epilobiella
Morophaga choragella
Nemapogon clematella
Pammene aurita
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis corylana
Parornix sp
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella
Phyllonorycter rajella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pyrausta aurata
Recurvaria nanella
Rhopobota naevana
Scrobipalpa costella
Stigmella samiatella TBC
Yponomeuta cag mal pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Zelleria hepariella

Anacampsis populella TBC

Bactra lancealana TBC

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia nisella

A striking Eudonia pallida

Eudonia truncicolella

Mere Wainscot

Nemapogon clematella

Pammene aurita

Phyllonorycter corylifoliella

Six-striped Rustic

Triple-spotted Pug

Webb's Wainscot

White-line Dart


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