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

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Catch Report - 15/05/22 - Back Garden

Another outing in the garden, as it's been so warm during the daytime, even muggy at times.  

Sunday night it was warm, but again a little breezy (Although i'm starting to think it's because the garden is so open).
With a minimum of 12 degrees, but rain on and off through the night, the catch was supressed slightly.

Still, 3 species were added to the year list which was nice.
I also got my 5th Pinion-spotted Pug for the garden, and Leslie around the corner has now added it to his garden list, must be having a good year locally.

Still the nights look good, but with threats of thunderstorms at night now, will they transpire?

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 192 species

15/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Miller 1 [NFG]
Pale Oak Beauty 1 [NFG]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFG]
Green Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 1
Lime Hawk-moth 2
Lychnis 1
Pale Tussock 1
Pinion-spotted Pug 1 
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Turnip Moth 3
Waved Umber 1
White Ermine 4
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths

Bryotropha affinis 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1
Plutella xylostella 2


Pale Oak Beauty

Pebble Hook-tip

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