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

Saturday 11 June 2022

A few more year-listers added

After another warm day, the moth trap was set-up once more against the back wall of the house over-looking our relatively small garden.
Although small in size, it appears to keep on giving even when it is windy and clear, as it was last night.
Most numerous were the Small Elephant Hawk-moth, with 10 to the trap over the course of the night, I think that's the most i've ever had to one trap.
6 new species were added to the garden list last night, some really good ones as well.
Broad-barred White and the European Corn-borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) were very pleasing additions. The latter could well be of migrant origin, who knows.
Two very different forms of Heart & Club were new also, and great to get them side-by-side for a comparison shot.
Still battling the wind here and it's keeping numbers down a bit, with 53 species of mostly singletons, next week there is rumour of lighter winds and hot weather, we'll see!

Have fun out there...

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 329 species

10/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Broad-barred White 1 [NFG]
Clouded Border 1 [NFG]
Heart & Club 2 [NFG]

Buff Ermine 1
Buff-tip 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Cabbage Moth 1
 Clouded Silver 1
Common Swift 1
Common Wainscot 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Figure of Eighty 2
Flame Carpet 1
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 3
Green Pug 2
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 2
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Lime Hawk-moth 1
Lobster Moth 1
Mottled Pug 3
 Marbled Minor sp 4 
Orange Footman 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Peppered Moth 1
Small Dusty Wave 4
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 10
Snout 1
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths
Archips xylosteana 1 [NFG] 
Cydia pomonella 1 [NFY]
Ostrinia nubilalis 1 [NFG]
Ancylis achatana 1
Aphomia sociella 2
Archips podana 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Crambus pascuella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Ephestia sp 7
Ethmia dodecea 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Grapholita janthinana 1
Grapholita lobarzewskii 1
Grapholita tenebrosana 1
Hedya pruniana 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Luquetia lobella 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Pyrausta aurata 2
Scythropia crataegella 1
Tortrix viridana 1

Archips xylosteana

Broad-barred White

Cabbage Moth

Clouded Border

Cydia pomonella

Ethmia dodecea

Heart & Clubs

Ostrinia nubilalis

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