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 29 August 2022


A rather uneventful night weather-wise turned out to be stonking for migrants, the weather wasn't particularly warm, wasn't particularly calm, wasn't particularly cloudy, average at best, but it did start well as I decided to do some dusk netting.
The usual fare, with 4 common species in the back of the net (and a few more I missed because i'm not 6ft 2in tall).
The best moth was a garden first Mompha epilobiella, a species I would have thought I would have seen by now.
The trap was pretty quiet with no more than 20 species noted.
Just before bed at 12am I noticed a terribly worn Hawk-moth sitting behind my rainguard, it wasn't big and I thought it must be a worn 2nd brood Pine, but no it was a smallish male Convolvulus that had flown all the way from the Gambia (Well in the state that it was in, probably!)
A year first and my second, after taking a nicer example last year exactly a month later than this tatty one on the 28th of September.
Not content with that, my garden threw up another migrant, going through the egg trays at 5am.
Another tatty moth, a Pearly Underwing and a welcome new addition to the garden list.

This is odd, as I got some transference from that late September date last year, as not only did I get my first Convolvulus Hawk-moth for the garden, but it was accompanied by a second good migrant (much like the Pearly last night) a Clancy's Rustic.

Other migrants probably? were 5x Nomophila noctuella and 2x Plutella xylostella.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 620 species

28/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Pearly Underwing 1 [NFG]
Mompha epilobiella 1 [NFG] 

The battered pair

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Mompha epilobiella

Pearly Underwing


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