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

Tuesday 30 May 2023

Fordham Meadows - 27/05/23

Leslie and myself ran a few traps along the footpath at Fordham Meadows on Saturday night, it was a warm day, with lots of activity as the sun was setting, but that was it really.
With a clear sky and fairly bright moon but no breeze, temperatures plummeted, so much so that my hands were hurting reeling in the cables at midnight because of how cold and wet they were.
Walking back to the car was also hard to see where we were going, because of the mist and steam from our breath!
Best moths were two dark form Treble Lines, an early Oxyptilus distans and an interesting Coleophora that will need dissecting.
39 species was very poor for the time of year, but reflects how bad the conditions are currently.
Still cool and breezy and night and really not worth it sadly.

27/05/23 - Fordham Meadows - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 120w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Brimstone Moth 1
Chocolate-tip 1
Cinnabar 1
Common Swift 5
Common Wainscot 1
Flame Shoulder 2
Green Carpet 10+ many netted
Iron Prominent 1
Light Brocade 1
Marbled Minor sp 3
Mottled Pug 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Tussock 5
Pebble Prominent 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Purple Bar 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Sandy Carpet 3
Shears 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Small Square-spot 5
Treble-bar 1
Treble Lines 5 including 2 f.obscura
Turnip Moth 3
Yellow Belle 3
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths 

Aethes smeathmanniana 3
Cnephasia sp 3
Cochylidia heydeniana 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Coleophora alticolella/caespititiella 1 TBC
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1
Elachista argentella 1
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana 1
Monopis weaverella 10+ many netted
Oxyptilus distans 1
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1
Tinea trinotella 1

Cochylidia heydeniana

Coleophora alticolella/caespititiella

Oxyptilus distans

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Sandy Carpet

Treble Lines f.obscura

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