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 4 September 2021

Super start to September! - Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 01/09/21

When we first moved here, I thought that an Actinic would really hamper my sampling of moths in our new garden. Roll on 6 nights and I couldn't have been further wrong, with close to 100 species recorded over the first week. 
Wednesday night had been another mild one, and numbers were up again on the previous cooler nights.

165 moths of 50 species was very pleasing indeed come 5am.
12 of those species were added to the garden list with some quite late species, noticably a rather beaten up Poplar Hawk-moth and tatty Tree-lichen Beauty and a slighly better conditioned Coronet.

Latticed Heath however was in mint condition! A real stunner.

Best moths of the night were a pair of pretty Acleris and a Gelechia I don't see very often, senticetella.

Moth garden list stands at 92 species.

01/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Coronet 1 [NFG] 
Latticed Heath 1 [NFG]
Lime-speck Pug 1 [NFG]
Poplar Hawk-moth 1 [NFG]
Tree-lichen Beauty 1 [NFG]
Yellow-barred Brindle 2 [NFG]
Angle Shades 1 
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Cabbage Moth 5
Flame Shoulder 8
Marbled Beauty 1
Small Dusty Wave 3
Spectacle 2
Yellow Shell 6
Chinese Character 1
Common Wainscot 29
Copper Underwing 2
Flounced Rustic 67
Green Carpet 2
Large Yellow Underwing 8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
Light Emerald 2
Orange Swift 3
Pale Mottled Willow 4
Riband Wave 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 21
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Smoky Wainscot 4
Square-spot Rustic 6
Straw Underwing 11
Treble Bar 2
Turnip Moth 18
Vine's Rustic 24
White point 13
Willow Beauty 6
Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFG] 
Acleris variegana 1 [NFG]
Bactra sp 1 [NFG]
Celypha lacunana 1 [NFG] 
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFG]
Gelechia senticetella 1 [NFG]
Blastobasis adustella 1
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1 
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endrosis sarcitrella 1 
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Evergestis forficalis 2
Bryotropha domestica 3
Catoptria faslella 3

Yellow-barred Brindle

Poplar Hawk-moth

Latticed Heath

Gelechia senticetella

Epinotia tenerana


Acleris variegana

Acleris schalleriana

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