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 14 May 2023

A slight increase but still a bit nippy notes

Still cool last night, even under cloudy skies the temperature dropped to 6 degrees, hardly inspiring.
Just 3 Shuttle-shaped Darts and a Muslin Moth came in after 11pm, all 4 were in the trap.

Spin back to 4pm, and I was just putting some bits back in the shed, when my beady eyes homed in on what looked like a tiny moth, yes indeed it was a moth! So a jog back to my box of pots, then potted up it was to be a garden first Bucculatrix ulmella, my 6th Bucculatrix species to be recorded in my garden.

Trap highlights early evening included a second Seraphim of the year, a different form and talking of different forms, it was good to see a new form of Oak Nycteoline, a steely grey coloured specimen with rows of black dots, very nice.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 120 species
13/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Oak Nycteoline 1 [NFY]
Muslin Moth 1
Seraphim 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Yellow-barred Brindle 1
Micro Moths
Bucculatrix ulmella 1 [NFG]
Evergestis forficalis 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Platyedra subcinerea 2
Plutella xylostella 1 

Bucculatrix ulmella

Evergestis forficalis

Oak Nycteoline


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