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

Friday 6 May 2022

Latest from the home moth trap

A slightly cooler night on Tuesday night, but still lots of moths of interest turned up to the trap once again.
My releasing area in the front garden is working great, the birds don't find the previous nights catch, and i've not noticed any noticeable re-captures which was my main intention.

The big movers were 8 Shuttle-shaped Darts & 5 Powdered Quaker's, the latter quite surprising as i've never had more than one at a time previously.

Best moths were Buttoned Snout and Dewick's Plusia

Micros were very sparse, possibly because of the cooler night and breeze, although because the days are nice and warm I was lucky to attract a single Grapholita funebrana to it's lure. This is my earliest record ever and supports the on-going trend of species flying earlier year upon year.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 139 species

03/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Buttoned Snout 1 [NFG]
Dewick's Plusia 1 [NFY]
Lime-speck Pug 1 [NFY]
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1 [NFG] 
Willow Beauty 1 [NFY]
Flame Shoulder 2
Brindled Pug 2
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Oak-tree Pug 2
Pebble Prominent 2
Powdered Quaker 5
Red Chestnut 1
Scorched Carpet 1 
Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
Turnip Moth 1

Micro Moths
Grapholita funebrana 1 [NFG] (To FUN Lure)
Dichrorampha acuminatana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Buttoned Snout

Dewick's Plusia

Grapholita funebrana

Knot Grass

Lime-speck Pug

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Willow Beauty


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