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 15 August 2022

Garden Mothing - 12th August 2022

The garden trap continues to be busy with mainly micros, 100's, but very little in the way of macros turning up apart from Common Wainscots.
But, I always hold out for quality and it certainly delivers at times.
Friday night was no different, with two great species added to the garden list, they were the very pretty Clouded Buff and the jet black Pyla fusca, moths that are certainly at both ends of the colour spectrum.

Pyla fusca is a moth i've only seen twice before (in 2010 in my old Essex garden, and 2015 at Hexton Chalk Pit in Herts), so a mega for me! And such a stunning dark specimen.

Clouded Buff is a moth that I added to my UK list as recent as this year. I took several at nearby Cavenham Heath in Suffolk in early summer. What a stunning moth. Most people would not believe that such a beautiful creature flies mainly undetected at night.

Another bunch of Celypha rufana candidates were retained, i'm going to be honest in saying I cannot tell the difference between rufana and rosaceana.
A Phyllocnistis was also retained (Probably saligna), as were 3 Coleophora, probably all different species (Well at least 2 are).
There was also a hint of migration beginning to happen at the end of last week, the trap contained several Plutella xylostella and Nomophila noctuella.

And we've had some rain! Our front water butt was nearly empty this morning, it's now 80 litres fuller! Lets hope it promotes some more moth emergence.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 596 species

07/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clouded Buff 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Pyla fusca 1 [NFG]
Celypha sp

Clouded Buff

Coleophora sp

Coleophora sp

Homoeosoma nebulella

Lime-speck Pug

Pyla fusca



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