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

Friday 19 May 2023

Bits and pieces

Nice days, but cool nights here currently and the moth activity has been subdued somewhat, still there are moths to be found.

During Wednesday daytime, an Epiblema scutulana was attracted to the FUN (funebrana) lure. This is a known species attracted to this lure, with other reports around the country this year and last.
It is my third, with 2 last year.
Wednesday night was fairly cool under clear skies, and the temperature went down to 7 degrees, far from ideal.
There were still 4 new ones to add to the ever growing year list, unfortunately all were rather tatty and missing scales, the best was a smart Treble Lines, one of two in the trap.
List below.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 137 species
17/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Mottled Pug 1 [NFY]
Spruce Carpet 1 [NFY]
Treble Lines 2 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 4
Muslin Moth 3
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pebble Prominent 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Swallow Prominent 1
Turnip Moth 1
Micro Moths
Agonopterix arenella 1 [NFY]
Epiblema scutulana 1 [NFY] - To Fun lure
Eudonia angustea 1
Platyedra subcinerea 2 
Agonopterix arenella

Epiblema scutulana

Mottled Pug

Spruce Carpet

Treble Lines


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