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 30 June 2022

A few nights off and then business as usual

As it was cool and a bit rubbish here on Sunday and Monday night, I decided not to run the trap as the late nights and early mornings had finally take thier toll!
All good things must come to an end as they say, but in the mothing world, during peak season, this is only momentarily.
Back to trapping on Tuesday night, and it was a rather healthy haul of moths on a slightly warmer night and less wind, there were over 50 species present.
Again, time is extremely precious with work and a young family so I have to just list my new species for the year/garden currently as it's just too time consuming jotting down hundreds of moths.
Highlights were several Brown-line Bright-eyes, an Oak Nycteoline, a really pretty Dichomeris alacella (which i've taken before at nearby Chippenham Fen, a good garden moth nevertheless), the distinct Eucosma obumbratana with it's two-tone appearance and the Bluebell feeder Eana incanana.

I also netted two more Triaxomasia caprimulgella at dusk, that's 3 now of this supposed rare moth (Although are the moths rare because people aren't actively looking for them? I think so in some cases).
Below are the new ones added on Tuesday night plus any good records noted. 

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 440 species

25/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Brown-line Bright-eye 3 [NFG]
Oak Nycteoline 1

Micro Moths

Blastobasis adustella 1 [NFY]
Carcina quercana 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Dichomeris alacella 1 [NFG]
Dichrorampha alpinana/flavidorsana 1 
Eana incanana 1 [NFG]
Eucosma obumbratana 1 [NFG]
Rhodophaea formosa 1 [NFG]
Triaxomasia caprimulgella 2 (Netted at dusk)

Brown-line Bright-eye

Carcina quercana

Coleophora sp

Dichomeris alacella

Dichrorampha alpinana/flavidorsana

Eana incanana

Eucosma obumbratana

Oak Nycteoline

Rhodophaea formosa

Triaxomasia caprimulgella

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