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

Monday 10 April 2023

A few more newbies over the long Easter weekend

Moth recording is still dire here in my garden, with pretty low numbers of moths.
Though on occasions i've recorded a few new species.

On Friday evening I noticed a Humming-bird Hawk-moth circuling the garden and then zooming off towards a nearby magnolia tree, it is my earliest ever sighting of this migrant.

Last night I ran the trap all night and was rewarded with 20 moths of 9 species, nothing out of the ordinary apart from two new ones, both regulars here in my garden.
The most common of the pair is Alucita hexadactyla, commonly referred to as the Twebty-plume moth (Which in itself is a lie, as it features less than that, many-plumed would be more fitting).

The other moth was a moth similar to the common Agonopterix heracliana, and part of the closely allied genus Depressaria.
This one is chaerophylli and my commonest of the group I get here, only just nabbing top spot from badiella.
chaerophylli can be told apart from similar species by the ruddy-rufous areas beside the head which doesn't feature on any other Depressaria (When fresh).

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 43 species
Alucita hexadactyla

Depressaria chaerophylli


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