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

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 29/08/21

The new garden continues to impress with large amounts of common species (Sunday night's catch included 54 Flounced Rustic's, 38 Vine's Rustic's and 22 Turnip Moths). 
I've got into a habitat now of keeping all my moths from the previous nights catch, in the cool and dry ready to be released in the evening at the front of the house, hopefully mitigating re-capture rates.
So far it seems to be working well, but of course unless you mark and release them (Which I have done before) then you will never really know, especially with the amount of brown in the traps at the moment!

Some really good moths were found in the trap and on the house walls on Sunday night. I'm having to get up early before the local Song Thrush's descend on the garden, as their appetite is phenemonal!
Highlights were two lovely fresh Marbled Beauties, Nephopterix angustella and two late season Dichrorampha species (acuminatana & simpliciana, the latter rare for me).

Moth garden list stands at 67 species.

29/08/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Angle Shades 1 [NFG] 
Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFG]
Cabbage Moth 2 [NFG]
Common Rustic 1 [NFG]
Flame Shoulder 3 [NFG]
Gypsy Moth 1 [NFG] 
Marbled Beauty 3 [NFG]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFG]
Spectacle 1 [NFG]
Toadflax Pug 1 [NFG]
Yellow Shell 4 [NFG]
Chinese Character 2
Common Wainscot 8
Copper Underwing 1
Flounced Rustic 54
Green Carpet 3
Large Yellow Underwing 12
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
Light Emerald 2
Orange Swift 7
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Smoky Wainscot 11
Square-spot Rustic 3
Straw Underwing 9
Turnip Moth 22
Vine's Rustic 38
White point 12
Willow Beauty 3
Micro Moths

Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFG]
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1 [NFG] 
Blastobasis adustella 2 [NFG] 
Cochylimorpha straminea 1 [NFG]
Cochylis hybridella 1 [NFG]
Dichrorampha acuminatana 2 [NFG]
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1 [NFG]
Endrosis sarcitrella 1 [NFG]
Evergestis forficalis 3 [NFG]
Nephopterix angustella 1 [NFG]
Bryotropha domestica 1
Catoptria faslella 2
Epiphyas postvittana 5
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Bright-line Brown-eye

Cochylis hybridella

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Dichrorampha simpliciana

Marbled Beauty

Nephopterix angustella

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