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

Thursday 12 May 2022

Warmest night of the year but a bit blowy!

You can't have it all can you, but a minimum of 15 degrees here in Fordham was stupidly mild for the time of year and inturn the moths were plentiful in the garden trap.

A really good catch with plenty of surprises, the biggest was a completely new moth for me, the apple feeding Callisto denticulella, a little rough around the edges but I can't be picky!
Other great species were a Lobster Moth, the really nicely marked Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Lychnis and the skittish Aproaerema anthyllidella
I seem to also have a healthy population of the nationally scarce Platyedra subcinera, with 6 over the house walls.

32 species was very pleasing indeed, with 11 of them newbies for 2022

One moth is outstanding, I think it's a worn Mobochroa species. I did consider Scrobipalpa but it's quite small, i've retained it just in case.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 173 species

09/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Angle Shades 2 [NFY]
Green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Light Brocade 2 [NFG]
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Lobster Moth 1 [NFG] 
Vine's Rustic 2 [NFY]
Alder Moth 1
Brimstone Moth 4
Coronet 4
Marbled Minor sp 2
Muslin Moth 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 1
Pebble Prominent 1
Puss Moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 10
Treble Lines 1
Turnip Moth 3

Micro Moths

Aproaerema anthyllidella 1 [NFG]
Callisto denticulella 1 [NFG]
Hedya pruniana 1 [NFG]
Notocelia cynosbatella 1 [NFG]
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1 [NFG]
Bryotropha affinis 2
Dichrorampha acuminatana 2
Epiphyas postvittana 5
Evergestis forficalis 1
Monochroa sp? TBC 1
Platyedra subcinera 6
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1
Tinea trinotella 1
Angle Shades

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Callisto denticulella

Green Carpet

Light Brocade

Lobster Moth


Notocelia cynosbatella

Pseudoswammerdamia combinella


Vine's Rustic


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