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

Sunday 19 September 2021

A few quieter catches then it all went mad again last night!

I trapped on Wednesday, Friday & last night here in my small garden in Fordham.

I've yet to plant anything up here, as decorating the house is priority, but I look forward to getting the garden in good shape next year with a whole host of perennials, a few shrubs, a mini herb garden and some wildflower tubs. 
I am convinced that a lot of my moths currently are being drawn in by the neighbour's well established gardens, which are full of Buddleia, Sedum, a variety of Herbs, and Lavender. 
Number's here compared to my Stevenage garden, have tripled in abundance and species diversity has roughly doubled.
I think this is also partly due to less intense light pollution, and the presence of sodium streetlights as opposed to the new LED units that popped up all over Stevenage, including along my back garden in 2016.
I also had a very active Bat roost in a large Oak tree, whereas here there are no streetlights out the back and very few mature trees within 150 metres.

So, the moths... well autumn is in full swing now with Black Rustics, Lunar Underwings and even a pair of Mallow's turning up last night, absolutely stunning moths!
I have recorded very few Sallow moths as yet, with just Centre-barred so far (Although these are quite common peaking at 8 individuals last night).

Last night was a real red-letter session with at least 10 new species for the garden including some real crackers.
For starter's not one but Two Mallow's were found, one later by my son who was playing in the garden. These are a real favourite of mine and I never find them to be that common.
Dewick's Plusia was the next surprise, a really dark mint specimen and one I had hoped to see before the end of autumn.
Onto the micro moths and Calybites phasianipennella was a nice one to get, not one, but 5 Wax Moths were also a surprise and the first Bee in the trap (Surely a coincidence, as Wax Moth larvae live in Bee hives). 
The best last night, was a new Elachista species for me, at nearly 7mm long (so just under 14mm wingspan) size, time of year, the incomplete white inner fascia and dark head all point to alpinella, fantastic! I am also in the habitat area of Marshland.
I will try and get an out of pot shot tomorrow, but it is rather lively!

Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 177 species.

15/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Black Rustic 1 [NFG]
Lunar Underwing 3 [NFG]

17/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Micro Moths
Acleris rhombana 1 [NFG]

18/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Brown-spot Pinion 1 [NFG]
Common Marbled Carpet 1 [NFG]
Dewick's Plusia 1 [NFG]
Mallow 2 [NFG]
Micro Moths
Acleris sparsana 1 [NFG]
Calybites phasianipennella 1 [NFG]
Cydalima perspectalis 4 [NFG]
Elachista alpinella 1 [NEW!]
Galleria mellonella 5 [NFG]
Nemapogon cloacella 1 [NFG]
Black Rustic

Lunar Underwing

Acleris rhombana

Acleris sparsana

Brown-spot Rustic

Calybites phasianipennella

Cydalima perspectalis

Dewick's Plusia

Elachista alpinella

Galleria mellonella


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