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

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Friday 27 May 2022

Catch report - 26/05/22 - back garden

Well despite the cooler and breezier nights, the moths still continue to turn up to the home trap. 
A slightly warmer night is on the cards tonight and with a bit of cloud cover (currently as I type) I would usually think it's going to be a good night, but.... the wind is from the North-east currently and gusting somewhat.
Getting back to last night, and a real surprise in the trap, a stunning and pristine Eyed Hawk-moth, along with a scarce micro moth,  Luquetia lobella, which feeds from Hawthorn (we have a nice hedgerow along the main road about 100 metres from the garden).
A tiny Stigmella species was also keyed out as a probable Ectoedemia subbimaculella (With hindwings checked) but will need dissection to be 100% certain.

Later on when I got home, a Pine Hawk-moth was sitting under the BBQ, another new for garden Hawk-moth.
Also a really chunky Puss Moth was good to see (This species seems to be having a good year).

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 255 species

26/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Eyed Hawk-moth 1 NFG
Pine Hawk-moth 1 NFY
Burnished Brass 1
Common Pug 3
Common Swift 13
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 2
Large Nutmeg 2
Marbled Minor sp 6
Mottled Pug 3
Puss Moth 1
Spectacle 1
Turnip Moth 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 2
Micro Moths

Ectoedemia subbimaculella 1 NFG
Luquetia lobella 1 NFG
Aphomia sociella 2
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Celypha lacunana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Notocelia trimaculana 1

Ectoedemia subbimaculella

Eyed Hawk-moth

Luquetia lobella

Pine Hawk-moth

Puss Moth

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