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 21 June 2023

An incredible night for moths in the garden

Well after a really humid day at home, it looked absolutely cracking for moths overnight, and indeed it was!
With highs of around 25 degrees and little or no breeze with increasing stormy clouds building from the West.
I was very busy potting up moths before bedtime, and come the morning there was still quite a bit of activity in and around the trap at 4am.
The new for year species smashed the 300 species barrier, 354 species to go to equal last year though! 

Dotted Fan-foot and Maple Prominent were the new macro species for the garden, and Zeiraphera isertana and Coleophora deauratella were added to the micro list, the former, a cracking green tinted specimen.

Even better was a rather small and thin shiny green Coleophora that was potted up early doors, antennae are spot on for Coleophora paripennella, albeit a little worn. This is a completely new moth for me.
Two other Coleophora were retained, one looks good for laricella.
And the poor little White Plume appeared to have a disability, it's leg looks like it had grown wrong.

The weather continues to be very favourable at nights, although we've had a few clear nights where the temperature has dropped to lower than the forecast has said.
Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 312 species

18/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2 [NFY] 
Dotted Fan-foot 1 [NFG]
Dwarf Cream Wave 2 [NFY]
Light Arches 1 [NFY]
Maple Prominent 1 [NFG]
Pale Oak Beauty 1 [NFY]
Scorched Wing 1 [NFY] 

Micro Moths

Acrolepiopsis assectella 1 [NFY]
Archips xylosteana 1 [NFY]
Batia lunaris 1 [NFY] 
Cochylis hybridella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora deauratella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora paripennella 1 [NFY]
Cydia fagiglandana 1 [NFY]
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1 [NFY]
Ectoedemia hannoverella/turbidella 1 [NFY]
Eucosma obumbratana 1 [NFY]
Pexicopia malvella 1 [NFY]
Pterophorus pentadactyla 1 [NFY]
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFY]
Zeiraphera isertana 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 2 TBC
Barred Yellow

Batia lunaris

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Coleophora deauratella

Coleophora paripennella

Dichrorampha simpliciana

Dotted Fan-foot

Pexicopia malvella

Spilonota ocellana

Zeiraphera isertana


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