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 4 August 2022

Last night from the moth trap (03/08/22)

Things continue to slow now in my garden, with less numbers and new species for the year, but returning species in 2nd brood form are certainly the order of the day.
Species such as Maiden's Blush, Brimstone Moth, Broad-barred White, all 3 Poplar species (Kitten, Hawk-moth & Grey) and Small Ranunculus to name but a few.
It's been impossible to count and my hearts not really in it at the moment, but it's still nice to see fresh clean specimens of seemingly common moths.
A mint White-line Dart was superb last night, as was a rather smart Square-spot Rustic (The first of many this year I reckon).
I also had to work out how to plug the gaps that my 'warped' perspex was creating on the smaller of the two Robinson style traps.
Luckily my wife had some spare clamps from her photography set, so they worked perfectly in closing the gaps and stopping the micros escaping.
This was noticeable this morning, with over 20 Bryotropha domestica inside the trap!
Two species that I haven't see yet, and maybe expected this year are Blood-vein and Engrailed, there is still time though as I recorded both in my garden last year during the 2nd week of September.

I get lots of the Mint Moth, Pyrausta aurata and they are plentiful during the day, at dusk and readily coming to my light. This one I got last night, had a reduced yellow dot on the post-median cross-line.

A few cooler nights coming up, so some much needed rest.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 590 species

03/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Orange Swift 1 [NFY]
Square-spot Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acleris comariana/laterana 1 [NFG]
Cydia splendana 1 [NFY]
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis corylana 1 [NFG]

125w MV Blacklight Robinson Trap

Acleris comariana laterana

Broad-barred White

Epinotia tenerana

Orange Swift

Pandemis corylana

Pyrausta aurata

Square-spot Rustic

White-line Dart


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