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

Monday 1 August 2022

Catch report - 29/07/22 - Fordham - East Cambs

Well on Friday night, I decided to stay up until around 1am, counting the moths that arrived to the trap, this was 'pre' feeling absolutely rubbish, tired and with a crushing headache.
I think I managed 88 species in total, from jotting down before bedtime and then counting in the morning, a very pleasing amount indeed.
Even better was a completely new moth for me, the (usually) stunning Anania verbascalis, shame mine was a bit knackered. But still, what a surprise and not seen in the county since 1938!!
Other highlights were a 2nd garden record of Eulamprotes wilkella, a garden first Evergestis pallidata (Expected as these are regular at nearby Chippenham Fen) and Cataclysta lemnata, the Small China-mark, again a moth that is very common locally and surprised it took nearly a year to add to the garden list, moths never cease to surprise me.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 576 species

29/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Dark Arches
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Thorn
Flounced Rustic
Iron Prominent
Least Carpet
Least Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lime-speck Pug
Mouse Moth
Oak Eggar
Pale Mottled Willow
Peppered Moth
Riband Wave
Rosy Minor
Ruby Tiger
Scarce Footman
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Single-dotted Wave
Small Blood-vein
Square-spot Rustic
Straw Dot
Tawny Speckled Pug
Tree-lichen Beauty
Turnip Moth
Vine's Rustic
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Anania verbascalis [NFG]
Evergestis pallidata [NFG]
Cataclysta lemnata [NFY]
Achroia grisella
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis suavella
Acrolepiopsis assectella
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Anania hortulata
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bryotropha affinis
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix bechensteinella
Cameraria ohridella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clavigesta purdeyi
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora alcyonipennella
Coleophora sp
Cydia splendana
Emmelina monodactyla
Endotricha flammealis
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epiphyas postvittana
Eudonia mercurella
Eulamprotes wilkella
Evergestis forficalis
Gelechia senticetella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella
Platyedra subcinerea
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Spilonota ocellana
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolopha scabrella

Anania verbascalis

Cataclysta lemnata

Clavigesta purdeyi

Coleophora alcyonipennella

Coleophora sp

Evergestis pallidata

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