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 20 July 2022

Latest from the garden actinic trap

Well it's been very busy as of late with these stifling temperatures, and i've tried to make the most of it all with trips out.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end, the end being overwhelming tiredness! So i've taken a break for a few nights now, and will be ready to spring back into action on Saturday night, joining the Conservation Buddha on a trip out.
Back to garden reports, and I had an excellent night last Friday with highs of 25 degrees, and cloudy calm conditions with a minimum of 16 degrees, it was just perfect.
Around 55 species were recorded, tailing off a bit now, but still large numbers of 5 or so species turning up.
The big winners currently are Blastobasis adustella, Yponomeuta (Which are slowly being replaced by more adustella), Least Carpet in the 50's+ and Eudonia mercurella/Cameraria ohridella.

There were plenty of newbies too, including the stunning Bordered Pug, the huge Oak Eggar (chonky female), Phalonidia manniana, Recurvaria leucatella & Phyllocnistis saligna.
A hint of migration also occured with a single Nomophila noctuella, a garden first.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 529 species

15/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Bordered Pug 1 [NFG] 
Copper Underwing 1 [NFY]
Haworth's Pug 1 [NFG]
Oak Eggar 2 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Nomophila noctuella 1 [NFG] 
Notocelia roborana 1 [NFG]
Phalonidia manniana 1 [NFG]
Phyllocnistis saligna 1 [NFG]
Recurvaria leucatella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Bordered Pug

Copper Underwing

Nomophila noctuella

Oak Eggar

Phalonidia manniana

Recurvaria leucatella


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