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

Latest from the garden moth trap

I ran the trap once again on Thursday night as although it had been not that warm during the day, it was cloudy at dusk and the temperature didn't dip as low as projected, with a minimum of 8 degrees and a fading wind.  
Highlights were fresh specimens of Grey-pine Carpet, White Ermine & Turnip Moth.
The best moth for me was a tiny white Phyllonorycter, which on closer inspection is geniculella. It is a species I recorded last year, and no doubt is feeding from the Sycamores at the front of the house.
Edging closer to the 100 species mark for the year now, I may reach it next week if the temperatures improve at night.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 96 species

28/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Grey-pine Carpet 1 [NFY]
Turnip Moth 1 [NFY]
White Ermine 1 [NFG]
Common Quaker 1
Lead-coloured Drab 1 
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Powdered Quaker 1
Red Chestnut 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
Waved Umber 2

Micro Moths
Phyllonorycter geniculella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix purpurea 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2

Grey-pine Carpet

Lead-coloured Drab

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Turnip Moth

White Ermine

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