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

Sunday 11 September 2022

09/09/22 & 10/09/22 - Garden Mothing

Getting much quieter now here in my garden, but that is to be expected.
The last two nights there have been 22 moths and 31 moths repectively, with just one new for year species on Friday night (Lunar Underwing)
Returning species included Angle Shades, Eudonia angustea and Grey-pine Carpet.

A very pale Scrobipalpa, with reduced ocelli was retained for dissection. It probably is an ocellatella, but it's worth checking as I have been getting hundreds lately.

Also, I was just adding some more eggs trays around my trap when I got up and got buzzed by a low-flying Hawk-moth! I put my torch straight on it and there was no doubt that it was a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, the second this year for the garden.
Sadly it carried on over the neighbours gardens and headed East at speed, it never came back!

That's about it for now.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 630 species

09/09/22 & 10/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Flyover)
Eudonia angustea 2
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Lunar Underwing 1 [NFY]
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1 TBC

Eudonia angustea

Grey-pine Carpet

Lunar Underwing

Scrobipalpa ocellatella possibly

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