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 24 May 2022

Catch report - 22/05/22 - back garden

Another really good night on Sunday here in Fordham.
A very surprising 55 species were recorded to the trap, staying up late until nearly 1am and then up at 4:30, I was a little tired come Monday morning to say the least.
Worth it? Hell yes!
Some super species turned up, namely Bordered White, Small Clouded Brindle, Sandy Carpet and Narycia duplicella. 
Narycia duplicella is a fairly scarce species here in Cambridgeshire, recorded only in 2 tetrads. This is probably due to the moth not coming to light very often (I concur, i've only taken 2 to light and one found during the day since 2006).
It was great to alo get not one, but two Sandy Carpet, including a really nicely marked one.

Things have now gone a little quieter and the trap will be off for a few nights as temperatures dip to below 8 degrees.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 247 species

22/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Bordered White 1 [NFG]
Large Yellow Underwing 2 [NFY]
Maiden's Blush 1 [NFY]
Sandy Carpet 2 [NFG]
Small Clouded Brindle 1 [NFG]
Straw Dot 1 [NFY]
Alder Moth 2
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Cinnabar 1
Common Pug 2
Common Swift 3
Coronet 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Flame Shoulder 2
Garden Carpet 1
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Grey Dagger sp
Iron Prominent 2
Large Nutmeg 1
Light Brocade 1
Light Emerald 3
Marbled Minor sp 14
Miller 1
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Snout 2
Sycamore 1
Treble Lines 2
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 2
White Ermine 5
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Argyresthia cuppresella 1 [NFG]
Blastodacna hellerella 1 [NFG]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]
Narycia duplicella 1 NFG
Aphomia sociella 1
Anania hortulata 1
Cameraria ohridella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Dichrorampha sp 2
Epinotia immundana 1
Hedya pruniana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 8
Evergestis forficalis 1
Notocelia trimaculana 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Ptherochroa rugosana 1

Blastodacna hellerella

Bordered White

Eudonia mercurella

Large Yellow Underwing

Narycia duplicella

Sandy Carpet

Small Clouded Brindle

Straw Dot

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