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 22 September 2022

Migrants once more

Well I 'll take it back, it was a little sparse here in Cambs in the summer for migrants, as people all around were getting lots of Bordered Straw and Scarce Bordered Straws etc etc in the neighbouring counties.
It was only really the end of summer that we started to see an influx of the common migrants here in Cambs, and it's continued from there, at least until the temperature falls away at the weekend!

Last night was quite exceptional for migrants, with a Vestal spotted on an Ivy bush, and then when I got in, another one on the top of the trap!
Backed up by an equally impressive (but sadly a bit worn) Clancy's Rustic. This is the 2nd garden record after scoring one last year in late September.

A new record for the garden was also great, and a change from the hordes of Scrobipalpa ocellatella, a darker Scrobipalpa was potted and it turned out to be a nice variegated form of Scrobipalpa costella. It is the 678th species for the garden since August 27th 2021.

Warm again tonight, and one last shot? to get a Scarce Bordered Straw.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 640 species

21/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Clancy's Rustic 1 [NFY]
Black Rustic 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
Garden Carpet 2
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Lunar Underwing 4
Mouse Moth 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Vestal 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 5

Micro Moths

Scrobipalpa costella 1 [NFG]
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 2
Carcina quercana 1
Cydalima perspectalis 3
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Pyrausta aurata 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 8
Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Clancy's Rustic

Scrobipalpa costella



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