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

Wednesday 5 October 2022

Late moth, another Clancy's and a new for year Small Wainscot

A rather busy night here last night despite the brisk warm wind.
Around 50 moths of 24 species was a  rather respectable haul for the time of year.

Big movers were Large Yellow Underwing (10) and Lunar Underwing (15).

Best moths of the night were a year first Small Wainscot, the paler form of the Sallow (f.flavescens), the second record of Clancy's Rustic for 2022 (And a much smarter specimen this time) and my latest ever record of Beautiful Hook-tip.
A worn Noctua was retained just incase of the new kid on the block, Noctua tertia.

I'm hoping to reach 660 species for the year, I need another 11 species though!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 649 species

04/10/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Small Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Beaded Chestnut 2
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Black Rustic 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Clancy's Rustic 1
Large Yellow Underwing 10
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
Lunar Underwing 15
Red-green Carpet 1
Sallow f.flavescens 1 
Satellite 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acleris rhombana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Hypsopygia glaucinalis 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Pyrausta aurata 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 2 

Beautiful Hook-tip

Clancy's Rustic

Noctua sp

Sallow f.flavescens

Small Wainscot

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