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 23 April 2023

A bit of an improvement

Well, last night was indeed milder and flat calm for the first half of the night, but...where were all of the moths? it was extremely desolate until when I turned in at midnight, just 3 moths being noted.

By the morning, 9 moths of 8 species was a welcome improvement, and if it wasn't for being patient and netting on the patio between 7 and 8pm, it would be have been half of what I managed.

Netting on the patio yielded 8 moths of 7 species, a great result as the sun set in the west.

So in total 17 moths of 15 species was a fair return for here.

Of that number, 5 were new for the year.

The trapping (and netting) has been put on hold as a cold front sweeps across the country bringing the possibility of frosts!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 63 species
22/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Netting on the patio
Elachista rufocinerea 1 [NFY] 
Epermenia chaerophyllella 1 [NFY]
Parornix sp 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter blancardella 1 [NFY] 
Caloptilia honoratella 1
Lyonetis clerkella 1 (Dark form)
Phyllonorycter hostis/oxyacanthae 2
22/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Powdered Quaker 1 [NFY]
Spectacle 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Micro Moths
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Caloptilia honoratella

Elachista rufocinerea

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Parornix sp

Phyllonorycter blancardella

Powdered Quaker


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