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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Saturday 23 September 2023

The lost post, a field trip from late August

A little bit late on this one!

Back on the 23rd of August I did a last minute outing to my local nature reserve.
It was so long ago that i've forgot what the weather was like and had to look on 'Past Weather Cambridge' to get a rough idea, which came back, highs of 25c and lows of 18c, sounds about right for making the effort to go out.
The best moth of the night was a tiny moth I found thrashing around frantically in a spiders web near one of my traps, it was to be a Falseuncaria ruficiliana and a really stonking record for the county (Not see in over 115 years from what I can see).
Other highlights included many colourful tortrix moths, the Epinotia family are always a treat to see, particularly the endless forms of nisella.
A late(ish) Peach Blossom was pleasing, as was a terribly knackered Oak Processionary and an equally beaten up White-spotted Pinion.
136 species in total was great, with just one Elachista pending dissection.

23/08/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 125w MV Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Angle Shades    
Bright-line Brown-eye    
Brimstone Moth    
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Burnished Brass    
Cabbage Moth    
Canary-shouldered Thorn    
Centre-barred Sallow    
Chinese Character    
Cloaked Minor    
Common Carpet    
Common Wainscot    
Common Wave    
Common White Wave   
Copper Underwing    
Dingy Footman    
Double-striped Pug    
Dusky Thorn    
Figure of Eighty    
Flame Shoulder    
Flounced Rustic    
Foxglove Pug    
Gold Spot   
Green Carpet   
Gypsy Moth    
Large Yellow Underwing    
Latticed Heath    
Least Carpet    
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Lesser Swallow Prominent    
Light Emerald    
Lime-speck Pug    
Maiden's Blush    
Oak Processionary   
Old Lady    
Orange Swift    
Pale Mottled Willow    
Peach Blossom    
Pinion-streaked Snout    
Pretty Chalk Carpet    
Purple Bar    
Ruby Tiger    
Scarce Footman    
Setaceous Hebrew Character    
Single-dotted Wave    
Six-striped Rustic    
Small Fan-footed Wave    
Small Rufous    
Small Square-spot    
Smoky Wainscot    
Square-spot Rustic    
Straw Dot   
Straw Underwing    
Swallow Prominent    
Tawny-barred Angle    
Tawny-speckled Pug    
Turnip Moth    
Vine's Rustic   
Waved Umber    
White-spotted Pinion   
Willow Beauty    
Yellow-barred Brindle    

Micro Moths

Acentria emphermerella
Acleris laterana/comariana
Acleris variegana
Acompsia cinerella
Acrobasis advenella
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila geniculea
Agriphila tristella
Apotomis betuletana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia semifusca
Bactra sp
Blastobasis adustella
Bucculatrix bechsteinella
Cameraria ohridella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria falsella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora alcyonipennella/frischella
Cryptoblabes bistriga
Cydia splendana
Dichrorampha acuminatana
Donacaula mucronella
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista freyerella
Elachista obliquella
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmetia marginea
Epermenia falciformis
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia ramella
Epiphyas postvittana
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis limbata
Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Galleria mellonella
Grapholita janthinana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Monopis laevigella
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Nomophila noctuella
Oegoconia sp
Pammene aurita
Pandemis corylana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Phyllocnistis saligna
Phyllonorycter rajella
Phyllonorycter stettinensis
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta despicata
Scythropia crataegella
Swammerdamia pyrella
Udea ferrugalis
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad

Elachista freyerella

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia ramella

Falseuncaria ruficiliana

Gold Spot

Peach Blossom

Phyllocnistis saligna

White-spotted Pinion


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