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

Tuesday 20 September 2022

A great catch

Finally, I got a Blue Underwing! 
My first last year was on the 27th of August, so it was great to get one last night, running a bit late? or having a bad year locally? Who knows. 
For comparison I got 13 last year in the garden!
Other highlights were a fresh season first Chestnut, and a second new species for the year, a Beaded Chestnut.
A rather large Cochylis was potted up, which turned out to be a really large dubitana (with thanks to Anthony Wren for double-checking) it's a female so this explains the monstrous size. 

21 species was very pleasing indeed for late September.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 637 species

19/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Beaded Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Blue Underwing 1 [NFY]
Autumnal Rustic 1
Centre-barred Sallow 1
Chestnut 1
Garden Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Lunar Underwing 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 1
Straw Underwing 1
Small Dusty Wave 4
Willow Beauty 6

Micro Moths

Cochylis dubitana 1
Cydalima perspectalis 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 2
Beaded Chestnut

Blue Underwing


Cochylis dubitana


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