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

Thursday 25 May 2023

Cool nights but the species keep racking up!

Another cool night last night by dawn, but it still felt warm at around 10pm before bedtime.
Despite the crystal clear skies, it was a pretty good and unexpected catch headed by 6 new species for the year.
Some real splashes of colour now, with a silky smooth green Light Emerald, and the harnessed vivid markings of the Cinnabar Moth.
Buttoned Snout was also a good record for here, albeit worn, brown and a bit meh.
The garden continues to impress with two new species turning up. They were a female Nematopogon swammerdamella, a day-flying longhorn moth which also comes to light, and the pine feeding Rhyacionia pinivorana.

It was a little breezy to do any dusking last night, I may try tonight if the breeze drops down.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 162 species

24/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Buttoned Snout 1 [NFY]
Cinnabar 1 [NFY]
Light Emerald 1 [NFY] 
Garden Carpet 1
Light Brocade 2
Marbled Minor sp 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 2
Treble-lines 6
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths
Crambus lathoniellus 1 [NFY]
Nematopogon swammerdamella 1 [NFY]
Rhyacionia pinivorana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia trifasciata 1
Bryotropha sp 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Mompha subbistrigella 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Rhyacionia pinivorana

Buttoned Snout


Crambus lathoniellus

Light Emerald

Nematopogon swammerdamella


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