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

Friday 3 June 2022

Catch Report - 02/06/22 - Back Garden

A lovely warm day yesterday, and mostly cloudy as well with a real muggy feeling, and with highs of 22 degrees, it looked good for some moths come darkness.
Unfortunately (And here we go again) the sky cleared completely at around 6pm and the temperatures once again slid away to mid to high single figures (7.5c to be precise). So with the temperature not being stellar, the moth trap wasn't heaving just yet.
Some more new furry faces turned up for 2022, a worn Grey Pug was just about identifiable, a dead spider web find, Small Square-spot was also new for the year.
A 2nd Netted Pug for the garden was also great.

On the smaller moth front, 3 species were added, all common moths, Bryotropha terrella, Celypha striana & Nemapogon cloacella. The cloacella was notable, as it's my first this year after over 30 granella!
Another Grapholita lobarzewskii was netted at dusk and good to see (I still await the similar janthinana).

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 266 species

02/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Grey Pug 1 [NFG]
Small Square-spot 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 1
Common Wainscot 4
Garden Carpet 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 6
Lychnis 1
Mottled Pug 1
Netted Pug 1
Purple-bar 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 3
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Small Dusty Wave 2
Treble Lines 1
Vine's Rustic 2
Willow Beauty 5
Micro Moths

Bryotropha terrella 1 [NFG]
Celypha striana 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon cloacella 1 [NFY]
Ephestia sp 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Grapholita lobarzewskii 1
Bryotropha terrella

Celypha striana

Grapholita lobarzewskii

Grey Pug

Nemapogon cloacella

Netted Pug

Purple Bar

Small Square-spot


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