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

Thursday 2 June 2022

June daytime temps - March night time temps

Yep, the temperatures are pretty naff at night currently. Another cool one last night with lows of 6 degrees (We should be getting double that as a minmum on at least a few nights per week at this time of year).

Still, it was a fairly respectable catch, all things considered, with 35 moths of 22 species.

Best moths were both Spectacle & Dark Spectacle in the same trap, this rarely happens so good to get familiar with the differences once more (The latter being new for 2022).

A rather large Freyer's Pug was also a new macro for the year (and garden), and two Clepsis consimiliana were netted as the light faded, bringing the garden list just one off of 400 species overall, and 261 for the year.

Will the nights ever get warmer...

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 261 species

01/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Dark Spectacle 1 [NFG]
Freyer's Pug 1 [NFG]

Buff-tip 1
Common Wainscot 3
Elephant Hawk-moth 3
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Mottled Pug 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Small Clouded Brindle 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Spectacle 1
Treble Lines 3
Willow Beauty 3
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths

Clepsis consimiliana 2 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Lyonetia clerkella 1
Mompha subbistrigella 2
Narycia duplicella 1
Nemapogon granella 2
Clepsis consimiliana

Freyer's Pug

Lyonetia clerkella

Small Clouded Brindle

Spectacle & Dark Spectacle



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