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 14 May 2022

Clear moon-lit nights

Never the best conditions when the biggest and brightest torch is beaming down on you from up above, and so catches have slowed a bit despite fairly mild low teen minimum temperatures.

I trapped on Tuesday at home and Wednesday at work last week as they were the most favourable of nights, and was rewarded with a few new species for the year.
The works trap held a dismal 7 moths, really bad and maybe due to too much light pollution in the centre of Bishop's Stortford?
During the daytime, the cemetery lawns are crawling with Glyphipterix fuscoviridella, easily into the 100's
At home it wasn't much better, but a trickle of new furry faces were jotted down, potted up and photographed.
Best moth was a first confirmed Epiblema scutulana for me, in my Grapholita funebrana lure trap. I think i've seen this species before in my early days, but never confirmed it's identity. 
I was surprised at it's size, and semed bigger than cirsiana/stictiana species from memory. 

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 179 species

10/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFY]
Peppered Moth 1 [NFG]
Common Pug 3
Garden Carpet 2
Puss Moth 1
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
White Ermine 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 3

Micro Moths

Agonopterix arenella 1 [NFY]
Epiblema scutulana 1 [NFG] (To FUN Lure)
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1 [NFG]
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Platyedra subcinera 1
Plutella xyllostella 1
10/05/22 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Hertfordshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Buff Footman (Caterpillar)
Garden Carpet 1 
Pale Mottled Willow 5
Shears 1

Micro Moths

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella 100+ (Daytime)
Buff Footman Caterpillar

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella


Bright-line Brown-eye

Common Marbled Carpet

Epiblema scutulana

Peppered Moth


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