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

Friday 10 September 2021

Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 07/09/21

The trap at the moment, i'm not going to lie, is rather full of brown moths... so often is the case between late summer and early autumn.
But, it's quality over quantity and literally anything can turn up! Numbers are still very good with over 150 moths per night, re-captures seem very low as I stick to releasing the previous night's catch out the front.
Species have slowed a little with 35 present on Tuesday night, but with a further 8 new species included in that total.

Best moths of the night were two Large Thorn's, which was a really rare moth for me in Herts.

A rather large Phycitinae species is playing havoc to identify. It's far too worn to make out what it is. I did tentatively think Homoeosoma nebulella, but it will have to be checked further.
Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 141 species.

07/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Large Thorn 2 [NFG]
Rosy Rustic 1 [NFG]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths
Agonopterix arenella 1 [NFG]
Argyresthia semitestacella 1 [NFG]
Hypsopygia costalis 1 [NFG] 
Oegoconia sp 1 [NFG]
Phycitinae sp [TBC]
Argyresthia semitestacella

Hypsopygia costalis

Large Thorn

Rosy Rustic

Ruby Tiger


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