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 9 September 2021

Yet another double catch, including a new species for me! - Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 05/09/21 & 06/09/21

Another couple of varied catches from Sunday/Monday night and with mild nights not dipping below 12 degrees, moth activity has been steady and with a large array of new species showing up.

Although it was evident that Monday night was milder, the amount of micro species was incredible, with 29 logged and just 15 macro species in comparison.

Highlights over the two nights was a completely new moth for me, and two of them! Platyedra subcinerea. Both were very different forms.
I was also really pleased to get three species of Celypha (with lacunana already on the garden list) cespitana and rosaceana were new.
Scrobipalpa ocellatella is also a nice looking Gelechid, and seems to do well in the Chippenham/Fordham area.

Worn moth of the night went to a Cloaked Minor... they all count!
Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 134 species.

05/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Cloaked Minor 1 [NFG]
Frosted Orange 1 [NFG]
Poplar Grey 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths
Cydia splendana 1 [NFG] 
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1 [NFG]
Platyedra subcinerea 2 [NEW!]

06/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Dusky Thorn 2 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Celypha cespitana 1 [NFG] 
Celypha rosaceana 1 [NFG]
Elachista canapennella 1 [NFG]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFG]
Notocelia trimaculana sp 1 [NFG]
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 2 [NFG]
Borkhausenia fuscescens 1 [NFG]
Tinea semifulvella 1 [NFG] 

Frosted Orange

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Platyedra subcinerea

Platyedra subcinerea

Poplar Grey

Celypha cespitana

Tinea semifulvella

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