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

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Latest update from the garden moth trap

As catches tail off a bit now, it's easier to write about 2 sessions in one post.
Last Wednesday & Friday I ran the trap on both occasions and used my 125w Blacklight MV bulb, coupled with a Synergetic 15w tube laid across the funnel entrance to the robinson trap.
The retention was noticeably better, compared with using my rectangular storage box, but the rectangular clear box also has it's pro's, the best thing being that a lot of the micros alight on the transparent sides of it, allowing easy observing and potting.

Both nights were warm but a bit breezy, around 40 species were recorded on both nights, as new for year species get less and less
But there were still some really good quality moths turning up.
The changing of the seasons is slowly happening once more as we shift into late summer already.
The best moth was an adult Phyllonorycter platani, i've seen the mines before on Plane trees in Herts, but never been lucky to observe the adults, luckily there was one in an egg tray for me!
Other goodies included Garden Dart (worn, but discernible from an equally worn White-line Dart), Dioryctria schuetzeella (Seprated on ground colour and size), 2 Jersey Tigers and a lovely two-tone Tawny Speckled Pug.
It has certainly been quite busy, even when seemingly variety is beginning to drop.
Happy Mothing!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 563 species

20/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire -125w MV Blaclight Robinson Trap + 15w Synergetic tube
Macro Moths
Fen Wainscot 1 [NFG]
Garden Dart 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFG]
Acompsia cinerella 1 [NFG]
Argyresthia pruniella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 TBC
Dioryctria schuetzeella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter comparella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter platani 1 [NEW!]
22/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire -125w MV Blaclight Robinson Trap + 15w Synergetic tube

Macro Moths

Jersey Tiger 2 [NFG]
Tawny Speckled Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Cochylimorpha straminea 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia pruniella

Dioryctria schuetzeella

Garden Dart

Phyllonorycter platani

White-line Dart


Jersey Tiger's

Tawny-speckled Pug


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