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 21 May 2022

And an improvement once more!

Another good night on Thursday night.
I went out on a field trip to Cavenham Heath, at dusk it was warm and calm, but an hour in the sky had cleared completely and the temperature feel down to high single figures (Very typical for thin soil environs and where it is very open and flat).
We packed up at midnight and my car read 9 degrees, just a short 15 odd minute drive back home, I pulled up on the drive and it was 14 degrees!! Also I could see a moth in my headlights on the wall, it was to be my first Large Tabby for the garden, result!
Things got better when I went in the garden, and potted several super species, namely Netted Pug, Cinnabar and Toadflax Pug. 
Micros were well represented owing to the warmer temperature in the village, with a really fresh Ephestia, Sitochroa verticalis and the best moth of the night, a tentative Pammene herrichiana.

Pammene herrichiana is an odd one because only us Brits consider it a seperate species to fasciana. The moth is in the good hands of Colin Plant, and hopefully he will get to the bottom of it. It does look odd though!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 230 species

19/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Cinnabar 1 [NFG]
Clouded-bordered Brindle 1 [NFG]
Netted Pug 1 [NFG]
Toadflax Pug 1 [NFY]
Alder Moth 1
Coxcomb Prominent 1
Chinese Character 1
Chocolate-tip 1
Common Carpet 1
Common Marbled Carpet 4
Common Pug 5
Common Swift 4
Common Wainscot 6
Coronet 4
Flame Shoulder 2
Garden Carpet 2
Green Carpet 3
Grey Dagger sp 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 3
Light Brocade 2
Marbled Minor sp 8
Mottled Pug 7
Muslin Moth 2
Pale Tussock 8
Peppered Moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Spruce Carpet 1
Treble Lines 7
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 5
Yellow-barred Brindle 10
Willow Beauty 4
White Ermine 5

Micro Moths

Aglossa pinguinalis 1 [NFG]
Crambus lathoniellus 1 [NFG]
Dichrorampha alpinana flavidorsana 1 [NFG]
Ephestia sp 1 [NFG]
Notocelia trimaculana 1 [NFY]
Pammene herrichiana pos 1 [NFG]
Sitochroa verticalis 1 [NFG]
Bryotropha affinis 2
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 7
Evergestis forficalis3
Plutella xylostella 2
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1

Aglossa pinguinalis


Clouded-bordered Brindle

Dichrorampha alpinana flavidorsana

Ephestia sp

Netted Pug

Pammene herrichiana pos

Sitochroa verticalis

Toadflax Pug



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