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

Monday 13 September 2021

Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 08/09/21

Another mild night last Wednesday, and another very good catch, with lots more variety popping up.
The only trouble is, that a lot of the newbies are getting a bit worn now!  It was nice to see a good variety of micros, usually the case on milder nights, as they seem to be far more active when it is humid and calm.

I keep getting plenty of Hornets in the trap, if i'm outside I tend to pot them all up before bedtime and then release them the following morning.
Although they appear big and aggressive, they are far from it, and tend to eat the flies and wasps in the trap, rarely touching the moths thankfully.
Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 150 species.

08/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Maiden's Blush 1 [NFG]
Oak Hook-tip 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths
Archips podana 1 [NFG]
Caloptilia alchimiella robustella 1 [NFG]
Cataclysta lemnata 1 [NFG]
Cryptoblabes bistriga 1 [NFG]
Monopis crocicapitella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter geniculella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1 [NFG] 

Archips podana

Maiden's Blush

Monopis crocicapitella

Oak Hook-tip

Phyllonorycter geniculella

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