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

Thursday 23 September 2021

Trickling in now.. but fresh new faces are appearing

A slow trickle of moths now as the summer varieties dwindle and the fresh Autumn species start to appear.
With less than 20 species per night now and numbers less than 60.

Best macro moths over the last few nights has been a smart Small Wainscot and a Deep-brown Dart.
On the micro front, a worn suspected Plutella xylostella, turned out to be porrectella, a moth I rarely see (And seperated from xylostella by the dark dash along the side below the white dorsal stripe).

The best moth however was one of the Tineidae species, Monopis laevigella. This is not a common moth for me, despite it's brother (weaverella), being extremely common. I've probably seen 50 weaverella to just 1 laevigella over the last 16 years.
I just cannot get it to sit still, hence the awful pot shot!
A Dingy Footman last night was my latest ever record.

Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 183 species.


20/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Small Wainscot 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths
Monopis laevigella 1 [NFG] 
Plutella porrectella 1 [NFG]

22/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Beautiful Hook-tip 1 [NFG]
Deep-brown Dart 1 [NFG]
Spruce Carpet 1 [NFG]

Beautiful Hook-tip

Deep-brown Dart

Monopis laevigella

Plutella porrectella

Small Wainscot

Spruce Carpet

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