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

Sunday 1 May 2022

Goodbye cold and windy April, but what a finish!

Unbelievable activity in the trap, after a fairly average 18 degrees (And we've had a few warmer days than yesterday in April). 
But it clouded up nicely towards the evening, stayed mild and with little wind after midnight, it was good mothing conditions and this was certainly evident this morning.
Friday night it was 1 degree, last night (Saturday) didn't drop below 10 degrees here, a huge swing in night-time temperatures.

It was a lovely day yesterday, and most of my time was spent outside playing with my son and of course, keeping a beady eye on any moths entering the garden.
I added 9 species through the afternoon and into the evening, mostly nette
An excellent 36 species in total for the day and night, 12 being added to the year list.
Best moth was a Cydia strobilella found on the windowsill outside and seemingly the first record for Cambridgeshire! I am unaware of any Norway Spruce in the vicinity, I must now look!

On the bigger moth front, a huge chonk of a Buff-tip, nearly as wide as it was long :D, a rarely seen for me, Poplar Kitten and a smart Coronet.
A 3rd Pinion-spotted Pug was also great to see.

Overall a really busy night for so early on in the moth season.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 108 species

30/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Buff-tip 1 [NFG]
Coronet 1 [NFY]
Knot Grass 1 [NFY]
Oak-tree Pug 1 [NFG]
Pebble Prominent 2 [NFG]
Poplar Kitten 1 [NFG]
Brimstone Moth 2
Common Quaker 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Hebrew Character 2
Muslin Moth 2
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Pinion-spotted Pug 1 
Powdered Quaker 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 6 
Spectacle 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Turnip Moth 2
Waved Umber 1
White Ermine 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths
Cydia strobilella 1 [NFG] (Daytime) New to Cambs
Esperia sulphurella 1 [NFG] (Daytime) 
Evergestis forficalis 1 [NFY]
Incurvaria masculella 1 [NFG] (Daytime) 
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella 1 [NFG] 
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1 [NFY]
Anthophila fabriciana 3 (Daytime)
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 2 (Daytime) 
Cameraria ohridella 1 (Daytime)
Pyrausta aurata 5 (Daytime)
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Phyllonorycter sp 1 TBC 
Platyedra subcinerea 2



Cydia strobilella

Esperia sulphurella

Evergestis forficalis

Incurvaria masculella

Knot Grass

Pebble Prominent

Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella

Poplar Kitten

Scrobipalpa ocellatella


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