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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Sunday 27 March 2022

Caloptilia capers pt.2

Well... woes in fact.
Straight to the point, I lost a probable hemidactylella today in the garden whilst photographing it, gutted!
I netted it last night at dusk on the patio, chuffed I was at the time, but misery happened this morning.
It could easily have been a falconipennella too, so the specimen will have to go down as one of the two this time, nevermind.
I'm just thankful I managed to fire off a few shots before it literally 'shot' off, I couldn't see what direction it went in!
There are both Acers and Alder's within 500 metres of the garden which is the main problem. I shall be mine searching at the end of July!
Funnily enough, there is just one other (probable and which wasn't retained either) hemidactylella record from Cambridgeshire, this was trapped by Mike in 2018, literally 600m from where I live!!
I guess fate strikes again, and the identity of the moth remains a mystery once more.
Luckily all was not lost, I did get a nice fresh identifiable Powdered Quaker to the trap last night, well I say last night.
It was buzzing around my light at 6am this morning and I nearly lost that as well! Phew, not a good start to the day, and on Mother's day as well.
And rest.... I hope you are all starting to see some fabulous moths now.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 42 species

26/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Powdered Quaker 1 [NFG]
Clouded Drab 5
Common Quaker 4
Early Grey 7
Hebrew Character 4
Small Quaker 2

Micro Moths
Caloptilia falconipennella/hemidactylella 1 [NFG]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Caloptilia falconipennella/hemidactylella

Caloptilia falconipennella/hemidactylella

Powdered Quaker


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