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

Sunday 4 June 2023

A few newbies but still slow

We cannot shake this cool weather system currently, well I say cool, it's lovely in the day but by night the wind coupled with clear skies and a bright moon is killing it currently.
I should be catching around 20 to 30 species by now per night but i'm far from that yet.

A brief half hour of netting at dusk yielded several new species for the year, but the night time catch included none, perhaps the best was a second Small Clouded Brindle.

By the morning the temperature had slid away to mid-single figures, terribly cold!

Below is my list of netted moths and night time catch.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 175 species

03/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Swift 1
Heart & Dart 3
Light Brocade 2
Marbled Minor sp 5
Shears 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Small Clouded Brindle1
Treble Lines 2
Turnip Moth 2
Vine's Rustic 2
White-point 1
Micro Moths
None to light! All others netted at dusk

Celypha lacunana 1 [NFY]
Monopis crocicapitella 2 [NFY]
Nemapogon cloacella 1 [NFY] 
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1 [NFY]
Pyrausta aurata 1 [NFY]
Coptotriche marginea 1

Celypha lacunana

Coptotriche marginea

Monopis crocicapitella

Nemapogon cloacella

Pseudoswammerdamia combinella

Small Clouded Brindle


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