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 8 October 2021

Latest Catch Report - 07/10/21 - Fordham Garden

A really good October catch last night here in the little village of Fordham.
Nothing spectacular species-wise, but a great variety was very welcoming after a few cooler nights last week. 
The temperature last night remained in double-figures, and seemed to get warmer in the early hours as cloud drifted in from the South-West.

A few more new for garden/year species were observed.

I now have had 7 Blue Underwings here over the past 4 weeks.

Pine Carpet was my latest record ever, the same for Bright-line Brown-eye.
Moth garden list stands at 204 species.

07/10/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Barred Sallow 1 [NFG]
Pine Carpet 1 [NFG]
Angle Shades 2
Beaded Chestnut 5
Black Rustic 2
Blue Underwing 1 
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brown-spot Pinion 2
Deep-brown Dart 1
Green-brindled Crescent 1
Large Wainscot 4
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing 8
Lunar Underwing 5
Mallow 1
Red-green Carpet 1
Spruce Carpet 1
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths 
Blastobasis lacticolella 3 [NFG]
Acleris sparsana 1
Acleris variegana 1
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Cydalima perspectalis 7
Emmelina monodatyla 2 
Epiphyas postvittana 9
Galleria mellonella
Monopis crocicapitella 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 8
Udea ferrugalis 1

Barred Sallow

Beaded Chestnuts

Blastobasis lacticolella

Bright-line Brown-eye

Pine Carpet

Udea ferrugalis

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