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

Wednesday 25 May 2022

The smaller pink sister turns up

A cooler night and a bit wet too on Monday, so this kept the moth species down a bit, in fact it dropped to 7 degrees this morning (Wednesday) so I didn't run my trap last night.
Still it was great to record my earliest Common Footman, a hot pink Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a really dark Large Nutmeg.
Micro moths were very poorly recorded owing to the cooler conditions.
The weather has turned a little recently, with much needed rain not lasting long enough, and once again we are fighting with the wind.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 249 species

23/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Common Footman 1 [NFG]
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFG]
Buff-tip 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Figure of Eighty 1
Garden Carpet 2
Large Nutmeg 3
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Light Brocade 1
Mottled Pug 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Tussock 1
Purple Bar 1
Shears 1
Spectacle 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Silver Y 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Vine's Rustic 3
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1
Micro Moths

Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Common Footman

Large Nutmeg

Small Elephant Hawk-moth


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