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

Saturday 4 June 2022

On the up!

60 moths of 33 was quite surprising last night during quite breezy conditions, but it was fairly mild at a minimum of 9 degrees.
The sky was clear up until around midnight, as the burnt orange crescent moon faded in the west.
I was up quite late this morning at 6:30, about 2 hours too late, but luckily there were still plenty of moths around the trap (I fully expected to find wings everywhere, luckily this wasn't the case).
Shark & Small Waved Umber were the pick of the larger moths in the trap, and 3 bright green Tortrix viridana were the first this year, and echoed the mass emergence nearby in the Oaks that is happening right now.

I checked my lures also, as part of the morning routine, and found a Pea Moth in it's own lure trap (nigricana), this must have appeared over night or extremely early as it was empty at dusk.
This afternoon I checked all of the traps again, and was really pleased that another moth had entered the same lure (NIG) that the Cydia nigricana was in this morning. A Phyllonorycter this time, and i'm hoping it is hostis, based on it's clean bright apperance and larger white markings. If correct (and i've retained it to be sure) will be the full set of Phyllonorycter that are seemingly attracted to the NIG lure, the other two being blancardella and oxyacanthae which have both been recorded in the garden this year.

More wind today, in fact it was blowing a gale, tonight we are expecting rain? possibly thunderstorms? if the wind drops (Which it won't) it could be another good night.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 272 species

03/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Shark 1 [NFG]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFG]
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Buff-tip 2
Common Pug 1
Common Wainscot 4
Flame Shoulder 2
Garden Carpet 3
Heart & Dart 2
Large Nutmeg 5
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Mottled Pug 1
Nutmeg 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Shears 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 1
Snout 1
Straw Dot 1
Treble Lines 1
Vine's Rustic 2
Willow Beauty 8
Micro Moths

Cydia nigricana 1 [NFG] (to NIG lure)
Eudonia lacustrata 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter hostis 1 [NFG] (to NIG lure TBC)
Tortrix viridana 3 [NFG]
Aphomia sociella 3
Anania hortulata 1
Argyresthia cuppresella 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Depressaria radiella 1
Lyonetia clerkella 1
Platyedra subcinera 1

Cydia nigricana

Eudonia lacustrata

Phyllonorycter hostis pos


Small Waved Umber

Tortrix viridana

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