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 3 May 2022

The first May moths

Another warm day followed by a humid start to the evening, and with little wind and a decent amount of cloud cover, the scene was set for a good night.
And indeed it was, with a plethora of new species added to the year list (13 in total).

Rewind to the daytime and the garden pheremone traps struck gold with 3 moths of 3 different species!

The catch was predominantly new for garden species which was fantastic, several micros were again netted at dusk including Bryotropha affinis, Phyllonorycter klemannella & Tinea trinotella.

It's great to finally have some cloud cover and lighter winds at night, but...dare I say it? We need some rain!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 121 species

01/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Heart & Dart 1 [NFG]
Pine Beauty 1 [NFG]
Red-green Carpet 1 [NFG]
Brindled Pug 3
Common Pug 1
Common Quaker 2
Chocolate-tip 1
Garden Carpet 5
Hebrew Character 1
Muslin Moth 7
Oak-tree Pug 5

Micro Moths
Bryotropha affinis 1 [NFG]
Glyphipterix simpliciella 1 [NFG] (Observed Daytime)
Mompha subbistrigella 1 [NFG] (Netted Daytime)
Pammene suspectana 1 [NFG] (To FUN Lure) 
Parornix sp 1 [NFG] TBC
Phyllonorycter blancardella 1 [NFG] (To Nig Lure) 
Phyllonorycter klemannella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae 1 [NFG] (To NIG Lure)
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFG]
Agonopterix yeatiana 1 pos TBC  
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 7
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1 
Agonopterix yeatiana 1 pos TBC

Bryotropha affinis

Chinese Character

Glyphipterix simpliciella

Heart & Dart

Mompha subbistrigella

Pammene suspectana

Parornix sp

Phyllonorycter blancardella

Phyllonorycter klemannella

Pine Beauty

Red Twin-spot Carpet

Tinea trinotella



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