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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Friday 15 July 2022

Garden moths from the 10th of July

Another pretty darn good catch here in my garden last Sunday night, certain specis continued to increase (Footman, Yponomeuta & Least Carpet by the bucket load).
Amongst the duplicates, were some really cracking good moths!
Goat Moth was of course the main star, a big fat female perched on the edge of the garden table was a sight to behold.
I've recorded these at both the nearby fens, but it's always good to add these species to the garden list.
Other good macros included Rosy Minor and Drinker.
The micro moths were again outstanding, with species such as Agonopterix subpropinquella, Coleophora mayrella and Cosmopterix lienigiella all new for the garden.
Things are really hotting up and i'm hoping we can all tap into some migrants over the coming nights (Which have been virtually non-existent in my garden so far this year).
Below are the new species for the year/garden and others I photographed.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 503 species

10/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clouded Brindle 1 [NFG]
Drinker 1 [NFG]
Goat Moth 1 [NFG]
Oak Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Rosy Minor 1 [NFG]
Short-cloaked Moth 1 [NFG]
Yellow-tail 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Agonopterix subpropinquella 1 [NFG]
Bryotropha desertella/terrella 1 [TBC]
Cosmopterix lienigiella 1 [NFG] 
Eudemis profundana 1 [NFG]
Helcystogramma rufescens 1 [NFG]
Bucculatrix cristatella 1
Caloptilia semifascia 1
Coleophora mayrella 1
Coleophora sp 1
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1
Thiodia citrana 1
Agonopterix subpropinquella

Caloptilia semifascia

Cosmopterix lienigiella


Eudemis profundana

Goat Moth

Oak Hook-tip

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Short-cloaked Moth



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