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

Saturday 16 April 2022

Garden mothing by day & night

With these cooler night-time temperatures things have slowed down somewhat, not helping also with a big bright full moon and clear skies.
But, moths are still there to be found by night and netted by day with much patience!
Yesterday (15th) I got both Pyrausta aurata and Anthophila fabriciana on the afternoon sunshine, add to that a Cacoecimorpha pronubana to the lure for Chamomile Shark, and the species start to add up! 

Highlight was a mint Platyedra subcinerea, not a common moth anywhere.
With minimums of around 8 degrees on Thursday night and 4 degrees last night, it's been tough going and the best moths have often been hiding away from the trap.
I'm still adding species at dusk here, 2 just now as the sun faded away. Go on, switch that telly off, put that phone away and get out in your garden with a net! 

Below are my two recent garden catches.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 64 species

14/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Garden Carpet 1 [NFY]
Streamer 2 [NFG]
Brindled Beauty 2
Common Quaker 1
Twin-spotted Quaker 1

Micro Moths
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1 [NFY] (to CHAM lure)
Eudonia angustea 3 [NFY]
Platyedra subcinerea 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 3
Epiphyas postvittana 2

15/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Brindled Pug 1 [NFG]
Muslin Moth 1 [NFG]
Brindled Beauty 9
Common Quaker 2
Double-striped Pug 5
Early Grey 4
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 

Micro Moths
Anthophila fabriciana 1 [NFG]
Pyrausta aurata 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana sp 2
Alucita hexadactyla 4
Emmelina monodactyla 1

Cacoecimorpha pronubana to lure

Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Eudonia angustea

Garden Carpet

Platyedra subcinerea

Anthophila fabriciana

Muslin Moth

Pyrausta aurata


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