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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Saturday 18 June 2022

Busy times! Anyone tired like me?

It's been a brilliant week for moths here in my garden, so much so that it has been hard to remember what i've already had! 
I write with bleary eyes and sleep depravation, i've been out in the field two nights on a trot, this rarely happens for me!
Late nights and early mornings hurt the brain, and my body was telling me this morning that I needed sleep, as I got up late at 6am to go through my trap, unfortunately the birds had beat me to it, and there was less than expected on the wall of the house. 
Upto Thursday, I was jotting down every moth species, including numbers. But now due to time constraints I have since started to list just the newbies for the year.

On Wednesday night and after a hot day of 25 degrees, and with temperatures not falling below 13c the trap was busy.
Some real standout species were present, which included...
Marbled Coronet was the smartest individual I have ever caught, a great addition to the garden list.
Barred Yellow, not much else to say really, what a pretty moth!
Brown-tail, they always act dead as a curl up into a ball, nice and fresh.
Pretty Chalk Carpet, unfortunately a bit worn

Best of the smaller moths (but by no means inferior), were Dichrorampha petiverella, Scoparia basistrigalis & Tinea pellionella.

A couple of Coleophora species have been retained.

The weather has now cooled down after the rather absurd 33 degree heat we experienced yesterday.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 351 species

15/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Barred Yellow 1 [NFG]
Blue-bordered Carpet 1
Brown-tail 1
Marbled Coronet 1 [NFG]
Pretty Chalk Carpet 1 [NFG]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Brimstone Moth 2
Buff Ermine 2
Buff-tip 2
Cinnabar 4
Common Pug 1
Common Wainscot 2
Dark Arches 1
Double-striped Pug 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 3
Figure of Eighty 1
Flame 1
Freyer's Pug 1
Green Carpet 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Mottled Rustic 2
Scorched Carpet 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 1
Small Dusty Wave 4
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 5
Straw Dot 2
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
Turnip Moth 1
Uncertain 2

Micro Moths

Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFG]
Dichrorampha petiverella 2 [NFG]
Ditula angustiorana 1 [NFG]
Epinotia bilunana 1 [NFG]
Scoparia basistrigalis 1 [NFG]
Tinea pellionella 2 [NFG]
Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 3
Archips xylosteana 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Coleophora sp 2
Elachista freyerella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Ephestia sp 2
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Eudonia mercurella 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Homoeosoma sinuella 3
Ringed China-mark 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Sitochroa verticalis 1
Barred Yellow

Blue-bordered Carpet


Coleophoa sp

Dichrorampha petiverella

Ditula angustiorana

Epinotia bilunana

Marbled Coronet

Pretty Chalk Carpet

Scoparia basistrigalis

Sitochroa verticalis

Smoky Wainscot

Tinea pellionella

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