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

Best night of the year so far

Unbelievable sums up Tuesday night, with a low of around 14 degrees, calm and cloudy and with an essence of humidity, it was a busy night at the trap.
A huge 18 species were added to the year and garden list, and some real corker species to boot.
Highlights for me were Dog's Tooth (last seen in 2016), Figure of Eighty,  Bucculatrix cristatella (A new species for me), Caloptilia honoratella (Trapped before at nearby Chippenham Fen, but great to get it on the garden list, I will get it dissected but i'm 99.8% sure it's right) and Elachista poae (Another one that needs full confirmation, again i'm confident it is this species having seen it before).

All in all what a night! And there was plenty more to come after that.

I need a personal assistant currently to keep up with posting, so they will be more brief from now on (And subsequently less boring!).

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 217 species

17/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clouded Silver 1 [NFG]
Coxcomb Prominent 1 [NFG]
Dog's Tooth 1 [NFG]
Figure of Eighty 1 [NFG]
Flame 1 [NFG]
Large Nutmeg 2 [NFG]
Purple Bar 1 [NFG]
Snout 1 [NFY]
Alder Moth 1
Brindled Pug 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Chinese Character 3
Chocolate-tip 1
Common Carpet 2
Common Marbled Carpet 3
Common Pug 3
Common Swift 8
Common Wainscot 1
Coronet 5
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Carpet 3
Grey Dagger sp 1
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 1
Light Brocade 2
Marbled Minor sp 10
Mottled Pug 2
Muslin Moth 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 4
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Grey 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Spruce Carpet 1
Treble Lines 3
Turnip Moth 4
Vine's Rustic 2
Willow Beauty 5
White Ermine 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 12

Micro Moths

Anania hortulata 1 [NFG]
Bucculatrix cristatella 1 [NFG]
Caloptilia honoratella 1 [NFG]
Celypha lacunana 1 [NFY]
Dichrorampha plumbagana 1 [NFG]
Elachista poae pos 1 [NFG]
Etainia decentella 2 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Scoparia ambigualis 1 [NFG]
Syndemis musculana 1 [NFG]
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Bryotropha affinis 10
Bucculatrix bechensteinella 2
Bucculatrix nigricomella 8
Cydia sp 1 (TBC)
Epiphyas postvittana 10
Evergestis forficalis 1
Platyedra subcinera 15
Plutella xylostella 2
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1
Tinea trinotella 1
Anania hortulata

Bucculatrix cristatella

Caloptilia honoratella

Clouded Silver

Coxcomb Prominent

Dichrorampha plumbagana

Dog's Tooth

Elachista poae pos

Etainia decentella

Large Nutmeg



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