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 1 May 2023

A cracking double-post

Well, with these warmer days and slightly warmer nights, things have improved in my garden over the last couple of nights.
Over both Saturday and Sunday night I recorded 14 new species for the year, that's morelike it! 10 were to the trap and 4 were netted at dusk standing on my patio.

It's finally great seeing more variety, albeit it still in small numbers.

Best moths on Saturday night were both Depressaria radiella (Not common here) and the regular Platyedra subcinerea which feeds from the Mallow that grows locally.

Before the lights were even on, I netted a new for garden Acrolepia autumnitella and easily the bext moth over the long weekend, such a small but intricately marked species.

Last night yielded 6 new macro moths, headed by a really well marked Lunar Marbled Brown which was the 689th species for the garden, and an equally impressive Lime Hawk-moth which very obligingly crawled all over my sons hands much to his delight.

I was also invited on a field trip last night. Suffice to say it was a bit slow, but species did eventually rack up. More on that soon.
We are now into a new month, I wonder if the weather will finally be kind to us at night..

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 82 species 
29/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Netted at dusk

Micro Moths
Acrolepia autumnitella 1 [NFG]
Esperia sulphurella 1 [NFY]
Incurvaria masculella 2 [NFY]
Nemapogon granella 1 [NFY]
Lyonestia clerkella 2
Mompha subbistrigella 1
29/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Nut-tree Tussock 2 [NFY]
Scorched Carpet 1 NFY]
Garden Carpet 1
Streamer 2
Micro Moths
Depressaria radiella 1 [NFY]
Platyedra subcinerea 3 [NFY]

30/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Lunar Marbled Brown 1 [NFY]
Muslin Moth 1 [NFY]
Pale Prominent 1 [NFY]
Yellow-barred Brindle 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 1
Clouded Drab 2
Double-striped Pug 3
Early Grey 1
Garden Carpet 5
Iron Prominent 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Silver Y 1
Streamer 1
Swallow Prominent 1

Micro Moths

Alucita hexadactyla 3
Emmelina monodactyla 3
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Nut-tree Tussock

Platyedra subcinerea

Scorched Carpet

Acrolepia autumnitella

Esperia sulphurella

Incurvaria masculella

Chinese Character

Lime Hawk-moth

Lunar Marbled Brown

Muslin Moth

Pale Prominent

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