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 14 July 2022

Latest garden catch...a week ago!

Back to garden mothing and it's just getting better and better.
Well, I say better and better, the numbers are through the roof, but for only certain species, namely Yponomeuta and Least Carpet.
Last Friday night I had over 80 Yponomeuta and 25 Least Carpet (This has now rose to over 100 and 56 respectively as of last night).
Crazy numbers for a single garden trap.
I'll be brief, but it was another good catch which included a completely new moth for me, the stunning Tissue! One i've tried for at other sites and failed to record.
An Epinotia netted at dusk got the heart racing, thinking it was the rarer nigricana, it wasn't too be.
Epinotia nanana it was, still a nice addition to the garden list. 
An interesting Phyllonorycter species was also potted up and has been sent off for dissection, along with a similar specimen from Wicken Fen, they look good for comparella, but apparella is niggling at the back of my brain.
apparella is not on the British list currently, but speaking with a few others who have trapped similar specimens in the past few days, could these be migrants?? or are they all just comparella.
We shall see!
Also a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing was confirmed as that species, and not Langmaid's.
Below are the new species for the year/garden and others I photographed.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 492 species

08/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Tissue 1 [NEW!]
Lime-speck Pug 1
Single-dotted Wave 1

Micro Moths

Acleris kochiella 1 [NFG]
Donacaula forficella 1 [NFG]
Epinotia nanana 1 [NFG]
Teleiodes vulgella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Gelechia senticetella 1
Phyllonorycter sp 1 [TBC]
Thiodia citrana 1

Acleris kochiella

Coleophora sp

Donacaula forficella

Epinotia nanana

Gelechia senticetella

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Phyllonorycter sp

Teleiodes vulgella


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