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 4 May 2022

Catch Report - 02/05/22 - Fordham, East Cambs

Well, we've finally had some rain. After 19 days? But it hasn't been enough and has quickly dried up in the garden already.
Another really good night in the garden again, and huge variety in colours, shapes and sizes now.
It still seems really early for the species I am getting, moths like White-point & Plutella xylostella (Although the latter i've recorded as late as the 31st of December and as early as the 1st of January earlier this year).
Best moths were not one, but two Lime Hawk-moths, a miniscule 3mm Stigmella sp which sat so obligingly for a photograph, Seraphim & Zellaria hepariella.

The milder nights are really helping currently and with less wind and lows of a minimum of 10 degrees it's helping, and it's set to get even warmer next week lots of sources are saying? So it's going to get busier for everyone hopefully.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 133 species

02/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Flame Shoulder 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 2 [NFG]
Seraphim 1 [NFG]
V-pug 1 [NFG]
White-point 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 2
Common Quaker 1
Garden Carpet 2
Muslin Moth 3
Oak-tree Pug 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Waved Umber 2

Micro Moths
Argyresthia trifasciata 1 [NFG]
Cochylis atricapitana 1 [NFG]
Coptotriche marginea 1 [NFG]
Dichrorampha acuminatana 2 [NFY] 
Monopis crocicapitella 1 [NFY]
Zellaria hepariella 1 [NFG]
Alucita hexadactyla 2
Bryotropha sp 1
Cameraria ohridella 1
Elachista rufocinerea 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Plutella xylostella 1 
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1 
Stigmella sp 1

Argyresthia trifasciata

Coptotriche marginea

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Lime Hawk-moth


Stigmella sp



Zellaria hepariella

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