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

Saturday 22 April 2023


It's not getting much better here in the east, and constantly being buffeted by those keen cool winds coming off the north sea isn't helping whatsoever.

Last night I tried once more and under fairly cool conditions of 5 degrees, I managed just 3 measly moths.
Luckily one was a fine specimen of the Swallow Prominent, the 55th species for the year.
Today I have lured a Cacoecimorpha pronubana (Carnation Tortrix) to the CHAM (Chamomile Shark lure) new for year. This species responded well to this lure last season, and to it's own lure as well (PRONUBANA) 

There was also another Phyllonorycter species in the NIG lure trap, probably hostis. We shall see soon.

I will try again tonight as the minimum is supposed to be around 8 degrees and less windy.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 56 species
21/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Swallow Prominent 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Micro Moths

None recorded!
22/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - To lure traps

Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1 (to CHAM lure) NFY
Phyllonorycter sp 1 (to NIG lure)

Swallow Prominent

Cacoecimorpha pronubana to CHAM

Phyllonorycter to NIG

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