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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 7 June 2022

A rare pair of pine feeders

And they weren't Tortrix moths either!
Another very good night here in Fordham, East Cambs. I say very good, well for this year maybe.
Previous years I look back and see that mid-June we should (probably) be expecting around the 50-70 species mark for most rural gardens, so we aren't far away from that point now.
Still 40 species was nothing to be sniffed at, and whilst I hobble about with a broken toe it's something to take away the pain!

Species were suitably pleasing here last night, with 6 each of Green Pug & Mottled Pug (I never get bored of seeing fresh green moths, the Green Pugis a delight).
Best macro moth went to a Silky Wainscot, a regular moth in my neck of the woods (or should I say Fens). 
Best micro('s) notice the plural, were not one, but two species of the subfamily Cedestis represented in Europe.
These are rare moths here in Cambs, with just one or two records of both species. I literally could not believe my luck.
They were also extremely fresh and photogenic and good to get the size comparison, as from reading literature, the sizes never overlap?

There were also plenty of returning species now on their second broods, namely Pale Mottled Willow & Scorched Carpet.
A stunner of a Yellow Shell was well worth potting up and appreciating it's glorious colours.
I also finally got a Cochylis molliculana (After nearly everyone in the County had had one already), and I also found a bagworm of the moth Luffia lapidella walking around on our wooden lean-to.
All in all, a super session.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 282 species

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

Silky Wainscot 1 NFY
Yellow Shell 1 NFY
Brimstone Moth 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Freyer's Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 6
Heart & Dart 2
Large Nutmeg 3
Lychnis 1
Marbled Minor sp 2
Mottled Pug 6
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Pale Prominent 1
Peppered Moth 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Shark 2
Shears 1
Snout 3
Spectacle 1
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1
Micro Moths
Cedestis gysseleniella [NFG]
Cedestis subfasciella 1 [NFG]
Cochylis molliculana 1 [NFY]
Anania hortulata 4
Aglossa pinguinalis 1
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Hedya nubiferana 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Luquetia lobella 1
Plutella xylostella 1 

Aglossa pinguinalis

Cedestis gysseleniella and Cedestis gysseleniella

Cedestis gysseleniella

Cedestis subfasciella

Cochylis molliculana

Green Pug

Luffia lapidella

Luquetia lobella

Pale Mottled Willow

Scorched Carpet

Yellow Shell

Silky Wainscot

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