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

Sunday 12 June 2022

Little & Large

Another good night here in Fordham, with over 40 species to the trap, despite the fact that it was clear all night, with a brightening moon, wind and temps dropping between 8 and 9 degrees.

But, it was pretty good! With less flying at dusk than previous outings, I was lucky that by the morning there was a stonking Privet Hawk-moth in the trap, and on the outside a beauty of the rare Pyralid, Evergestis limbata. 
I think this species is possibly breeding here, as it's my third record, and Mike round the corner has also had one, feeding on garlic & hedge mustard, it's quite possible.
Or... is it a migrant? All 3 of my records turned up during warm windy weather and when there were other migrants about like Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
Going back to the Privet Hawk, my son Tommie absolutely loved holding her, along with one of the Small Elephant Hawk-moths, his words were 'it's massive'!!
During the evening I missed a tiny white micro that I am sure was not Phyllonorycter harrisella, I kicked myself that I just couldn't get a pot quick enough, so you can imagine my amazement when it was on the wall behind the trap this morning!
It is one of the Phyllocnistis species, and completely new to me. There are a number of possibles but xenia is favourite, I will see if these are able to be dissected.

Other than that, a really dark Noctuid landed near my trap last night, thinking that it was the really dark Heart & Club I had the other night but I had a niggle that it looked a bit different, well i'm glad I potted it up and listened to my instinct, it is the darkest Heart & Dart I have ever seen, what a beauty!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 335 species

11/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Privet Hawk-moth 1 [NFG]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Buff Ermine 1
Burnished Brass 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Clouded Silver 1
Common Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Common Wainscot 2
Double-striped Pug 2
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 2
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Marbled Minor sp 4
Mottled Pug 2
Poplar Grey 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Sandy Carpet 1
Small Dusty Wave 5
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 6
Willow Beauty 10
Micro Moths
Evergestis limbata 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma dealbana 1 [NFG]
Parapoynx stratiotata 1 [NFY]
Phyllocnistis xenia pos 1 NFG
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1 NFY
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Argyresthia spinosella
Bryotropha affinis 1
Bryotropha terrella 1
Cnephasia sp 2
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Gracillaria syringella 1
Hedya pruniana 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Mompha subbistrigella 5
Monopis crocicapitella 1
Scythropia crataegella 3
Buttoned Snout

Evergestis limbata

Gypsonoma dealbana

Heart & Dart

Heart & Dart and Heart & Club melanics

Parapoynx stratiotata

Phyllocnistis xenia pos

Privet Hawk-moth

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana



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