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 15 May 2023

Much better!

A really good session netting at dusk with 15 moths of 11 species netted within an hour of observing the sky and doing a silly dance with my net in my pyjamas...
The weather conditions were perfect and I had a sneaky suspicion it would be worth the effort, and indeed it was!
With 5 new species added to the year list meant that even if I didn't add any newbies to my light after dark, I would be still be a happy bunny.
Callisto denticulella was the best moth of the netting sesh.
Lights on, and the muggy feel was still in the air, so I decided to stay up until roughly 11:30pm, potting any welcome visitors.
It was fairly busy and good to see, but most moths were still singletons per specific species.

Best moths included both Poplar Grey & Knot Grass to get a good comparison, a lovely mint Common Carpet, an almost scale-less Ochreous Pug (They all count), and one of the smartest Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) that i've ever seen.
And how could I forget the stunning Limae Hawk-moth form brunnea, so different from the usual green colour-form. 

A further 8 species were new for the year, 13 for the day was cracking.

Tonight looks cold in comparison.
I find this country amazing, minimums of 12 degrees last night, tonight predicted at 3c. I guess that's the joy of living on an island!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 133 species

Dusk Netting from 8pm until 9pm
Anthophilia fabriciana 1 [NFY]
Bactra sp 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha affinis 1 [NFY]
Callisto denticulella 1 [NFY]
Monopis laevigella 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 2
Cameraria ohridella 1
Incurvaria masculella 1
Nemapogon granella 3
Parornix sp 1
Tinea trinotella 2
14/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Macro Moths

Common Carpet 1 [NFY]
Green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Grey-pine Carpet 1 [NFY]
Knot Grass 1 [NFY]
Maiden's Blush 1 [NFY]
Ochreous Pug 1 [NFY]
Poplar Grey 2 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Chinese Character 3
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Iron Prominent 2
Lime Hawk-moth 1
Oak Hook-tip 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Seraphim 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Waved Umber 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1
Micro Moths
Aphomia sociella 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Platyedra subcinerea 12
Aphomia sociella

Bryotropha affinis

Callisto denticulella

Common Carpet

Grey-pine Carpet

Knot Grass

Lime Hawk-moth f brunnea

Maiden's Blush

Ochreous Pug

Poplar Grey


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