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

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Playing catch-up already

Life becomes very busy for me when the moths start appearing in good numbers, juggling home life, work and then recording the moths and photographing them. It's very easy to slip behind!
It's just starting to get fairly busy here as early summer species are now on the wing in many parts of the country.
Friday night was no less, with a really good spectrum of shapes, colours and sizes, it was a very inviting buffet for the regular Great Tit that I assume is feeding chicks somewhere.
So, up at 4:30am to beat the little blighter, and safely pot up the ones I want to photograph. The rest get put in another large container with egg trays out of the sun in the front garden and then go on their merry way the night after.
Plenty of interest during the evening and by the morning. Sycamore, Nutmeg and a 2nd Buttoned Snout were personal favourites. 
But the best moth was again a micro. It's either Phyllonorycter comparella or sagitella (different from pastorella I had a few weeks back). Specimen retained.
Two Oligia species were checked, as predicted I had one each of Marbled and Tawny Marbled Minor.

The warmer night continue, but the wind is a bit squally lately.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 159 species

06/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Cabbage Moth 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1 [NFY]
Marbled Minor 1 [NFG]
Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Ochreous Pug 1 [NFG]
Orange Footman 1 [NFG]
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 [NFY]
Sycamore 1 [NFG]
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 [NFG]
Toadflax Brocade 1 [NFG]
Treble Lines 1 [NFG]
Brimstone Moth 1
Brindled Pug 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Chinese Character 1
Common Pug 2
Grey-pine Carpet 2
Iron Prominent 1
Lime Hawk-moth 1
Muslin Moth 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
Streamer 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Waved Umber 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 2

Micro Moths

Aethes smeathmanniana 1 [NFY] 
Bucculatrix nigricomella 1 [NFG] 
Phyllonorycter comparella sagitella 1 [NFG] [TBC] 
Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1 [NFG]
Alucita hexadactyla 2
Bryotropha affinis 3
Depressaria radiella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Evergestis forficalis 1
Grapholita funebrana (to FUN lure)
Mompha subbistrigella 1
Platyedra subcinera 7
Tinea trinotella 1 

Aethes smeathmanniana

Common Carpet

Marbled Minor


Orange Footman

Phyllonorycter comparella sagitella

Setaceous Hebrew Character


Tawny Marbled Minor

Toadflax Brocade

Treble Lines

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