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

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Catch Report - 17/06/22 - Back Garden

After a really hot day last friday, with highs of 33 degrees, I was once again off out to a local nature reserve.
I left my trap running at home whilst I was field trapping. When I got home at around 2.30am, the trap was busy but not as busy as I was perhaps expecting it to be? clear skies and a slightly lower temperature than the previous muggy night, may have had something to do with it.
Also, the moon had just risen in the East, and was shining bright.
A bonus Humming-bird Hawk-moth was potted up roosting on the underneath of the top of our fence, my little boy loved holding him, and eventually he darted off like a jet fighter late for lunch (Just to clarify, the Hawk-moth and not my son, although he often moves that quick!). 
Best moths of the night were the micros once again, a new moth for me Cochylidia heydeniana was great to see, the 2nd Cochylidia species to be recorded in my garden (implicitana was added last September).
Still a great list of new species for the year, around 70 species were noted, below are the new species that were added to the ever growing garden list.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 395 species

17/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Brown Scallop [NFG]
Buff Arches [NFG]
Dingy Shell [NFG]
Sallow Kitten [NFG]
Single-dotted Wave [NFY]
Small Emerald [NFG]

Micro Moths
Bactra furfurana [NFG]
Batrachedra pinicolella/confusella [NFG]
Batrachedra praeangusta [NFG]
Cochylidia heydeniana [NFG]
Ethmia quadrillella [NFG]
Lozotaeniodes formosana [NFG]
Metalampra italica [NFG]
Pyralis farinalis [NFY]
Pyrausta despicata [NFY]

Bactra furfurana

Batrachedra praeangusta

Buff Arches

Cochylidia heydeniana

Dingy Shell

Ethmia quadrillella

Metalampra italica

Sallow Kitten

Small Emerald


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