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

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Sunday 26 June 2022

Another incredible catch for the garden

Friday night was another really busy one here in my garden in Fordham.
I got back from mothing out in the field at around 1am (as it was raining) and the trap was buzzing with moths, particularly micros (yippee), the wind was very strong and I was surprised at how many moths had actually made it to the trapping area.
I potted up what I could and went to bed.
Rising early Saturday morning to beat the local bold blackbird, I was greeted with a few more new species for the year, all in all, around 65 species were noted, but jotting them all done currently is pressing me for time, and sleep deprivation! 14 were added to the year list total.

Some really beautiful moths were potted, observed, photographed and released, including Ruddy Carpet, White Satin, Catoptria pinella and the melanic form of Cydalima perspectalis.

Only the new species were recorded once more.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 417 species

24/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Clay 1 [NFG]
Dun-bar 2 [NFG]
Oak Nycteoline 1 [NFG]
Ruddy Carpet 1 [NFG]
Scarce Footman 1 [NFG]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFG]
White Satin 1 [NFG]
Wormwood Pug 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Agriphila straminella 1 [NFG]
Catoptria pinella 1 [NFG]
Cnephasia longana 1 [NFG]
Cydalima perspectalis 3 [NFY]
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFG]
Stenoptilia pterodactyla 1 [NFG]
Agriphila straminella

Cnephasia longana

Cydalima perspectalis


Oak Nycteoline

Ruddy Carpet

Spilonota ocellana

Stenoptilia pterodactyla

White Satin

Wormwood Pug


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