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

Wednesday 10 May 2023

Two Tawny's

Another really good night with 24 species recorded on Monday night, a warm and humid night with torrential rain late afternoon and into the evening, I nearly didn't bother.
Well i'm glad I did!
The catch included not one, but two Tawny Pinions, both a little worse for wear unfortunately, but to think that these moths probably hatched around last September, they've survived the hard winter and wet spring.
This is another new species for the garden as I edge closer to the 700 species mark.

Light Brocade was also good to see, as was a rather 'performing' Pale Tussock that just would not drop it's defensive posture for a photograph.

If the temperature stays mild over night, I would expect to hopefully pick up new species most nights from now on.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 111 species
08/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Swift 2 [NFY]
Light Brocade 1 [NFY] 
Pale Tussock 2 [NFY]
Tawny Pinion 2 [NFG]
Brimstone Moth 1
Chinese Character 1
Chocolate-tip 1
Common Quaker 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Muslin Moth 3
Pale Prominent 1
Red-green Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
Silver Y 2
Streamer 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Waved Umber 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 6
Micro Moths
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFY]
Syndemis musculana 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Common Swift

Light Brocade

Pale Tussock

Syndemis musculana

Tawny Pinion

Tawny Pinions


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