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

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Quiet on the moth front

Quiet, that is what describes this current time of year, I think a lot of others are experiencing quality over quantity now (As is the norm).
It certainly was that last night, with just 5 moths of 5 species but a really nice fresh Mullein was great to see.
This has never been a common moth for me, so I was very pleased to be greeted by one in the trap, what an incredible looking moth it is.
At work, a pair of Brimstone Moths were found today on my lunchtime walk, as well as a worn Esperia sulphurella.
I took a spare FUN and NIG lure bucket traps to work yesterday. Nothing in the former, but the NIG had a miniscule moth sitting under the rubber bung cage.
I assume it's my first Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae (as it looks different from my usual blancardella), but retained to double check.

I also caught by hand yesterday on or allotment, the first of probably many.. Phyllonorycter harrisella flying under Oak.

26/04/22 - Bishop's Stortford, Herts.

The weather remains cool, with a stiff north breeze today and highs of just 13 degrees!
Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 89 species

26/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Mullein 1 [NFG]
Garden Carpet 1
Muslin Moth 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Waved Umber 1 

Daytime - 26/04/22 - Bishop's Stortford, Herts
Brimstone Moth 2
Phyllonorycter harrisella 1
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae 1 to NIG Lure

Phyllonorycter harrisella

Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae (Probably)



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