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

Monday 16 May 2022

Two latest catches from the garden moth trap

I ran my trap on both Friday & Saturday night because the nights were relatively mild (At between 7 and 11 degrees) and there was little wind, particularly on Saturday night.
Friday night was a healthy list, but there were no new faces to add to the year list and micro moths were poorly represented, on Saturday however it started really well, with 10 species netted in garden at dusk before lights on! The conditions were sunny and warm with no breeze.

Best moth was a new one for me, the stunning Chrysoesthia drurella, one I netted before sundown. I also netted an Elachista that bears some resemblence to obliquella (Which i've taken before down the road at Chippenham Fen) retained for dissection.

To the trap, Burnished Brass was mint, a second Buttoned Snout and Green Carpet (Both fresher than the firsts ones this year) and a couple of Common Wainscots.

All in all, a fair bit of activity and it won't be long until we all get busy.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 189 species

13/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Alder Moth 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Dagger sp 2
Garden Carpet 2
Heart & Dart 1
Knot Grass 1
Lime Hawk-moth 1
Marbled Minor sp 1
Muslin Moth 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 3
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Puss Moth 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Turnip Moth 4 
Waved Umber 1
White Ermine 3
Willow Beauty 4
Yellow-barred Brindle 4

Micro Moths

Aethes smeathmanniana 1
Cnephasia sp 1 TBC
Hedya pruniana 1
Platyedra subcinera 1
14/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Burnished Brass 1 [NFY]
Common Wainscot 2 [NFY]
Mottled Pug 1 [NFY]
Treble Bar 1 [NFY]
Buttoned Snout 1
Pale Tussock 2 
Poplar Grey 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Willow Beauty 3

Micro Moths

Aphomia sociella 2 [NFG]
Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Cauchas rufimitrella 1 [NFG] (Daytime)
Chrysoesthia drurella 1 [NFG] (Daytime)
Monopis laevigella 1 [NFY] (Daytime)
Phyllonorycter maestingella 1 [NFG] (Daytime)
Anthohila fabriciana 2 (Daytime) 
Bryotropha affinis 4 (Daytime + night)
Cameraria ohridella 2 (Daytime)
Elachista obliquella pos 1 TBC
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Incurvaria masculella 1 (Daytime)
Nemapogon granella 1 (Daytime)
Platyedra subcinera 1
Pyrausta aurata 5 (Daytime)
Tinea trinotella 1 

Aphomia sociella

Blastobasis lacticolella

Burnished Brass

Buttoned Snout

Cauchas rufimitrella

Chrysoesthia drurella

Common Wainscot

Elachista obliquella pos

Monopis laevigella

Mottled Pug

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Treble Bar

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