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

Friday 1 July 2022

Micro Mayhem

Micro-moths have really taken off in my garden recently, in-fact on Wednesday night the catch was made up mostly of micros! There were over 30 Yponomeuta species in and around the trap!
The most numerous macro was Common Footman at 38! 
In total, 68 species were noted of probably 220 moths at an estimate.
There were also 5 species of Hawk-moth present (6 if you count the fly-by Humming-bird) plenty of Miller's, Poplar Grey's and Sycamore's (All 10+ in number)
Best of the larger moths were Ghost Moth, Rosy Footman and my earliest ever Mouse Moth and 2 Early Thorn (10-15 years ago, the Mouse Moth was a late summer species peaking around the end of August, start of September).

Best of the smaller moths were 2 Caloptilia rufipennella, Dichrorampha simpliciana, Gelechia senticetella, Pexicopia malvella & Yponomeuta rorrella (Picked out for all the evonymella and padella/cag/mal aggregates).

A whole host of new moths added to the year list, with a few on the pending list.

New for years/garden & notable records listed below.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 454 species

29/06/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Fan-foot 1 [NFG]
Ghost Moth 1 [NFG]
Early Thorn 2 (First 2nd brooders)
Mouse Moth 1 [NFY]
Rosy Footman 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Acleris variegana 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis suavella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix sp 1 TBC (Check for ciliella)
Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFG]
Bucculatrix sp 1 TBC
Caloptilia rufipennella 2
Coleophora sp 1 TBC
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1 [NFY]
Gelechia senticetella 1 [NFY]
Hypsopygia costalis 1 [NFY]
Metzneria metzneriella 1 [NFG]
Pexicopia malvella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1 [NFG]
Yponomeuta rorrella 1 [NFG]

Acleris variegana

Dichrorampha simpliciana

Early Thorn


Gelechia senticetella

Ghost Moth

Metzneria metzneriella

Mouse Moth

Rosy Footman

Yponomeuta rorrella

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