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 27 June 2023

Another incredible set of moths

Another warm day followed by a very mild night with a minimum of 16 degrees and under a blanket of lovely cloud, the trap was busy! Too busy to list everything.
So I went about potting up all of the new moths for the year, most of the time I get this right, though sometimes I make an error on my lists of a particular species, despite having only seen it a few days previously! Lack of sleep affects concentration (At least that's what I was told at school).
A huge assortment of species were seen, 21 new for year species with 4 new garden moths to boot, they were Cloaked Pug, Cypress Carpet, Six-belted Clearwing and Endothenia quadrimaculana.
Cloaked Pug is a real shock, and a new moth for my records. After seeing on the week before that was trapped in Leslie's garden just round the corner, it was good to add another to the village list, albeit a bloody tatty one! Can't have it all.

It was nice to get a Foxglove Pug, after recording at least 6 Toadflax Pugs so far this year.

What a night, and certainly the best night last week.

Things carried on being fairly busy throughout the rest of the week.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 356 species

21/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Bordered White 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFY]
Brown Scallop 2 [NFY]
Cloaked Pug 1 [NFG]
Cream-bordered Green Pea 1 [NFY]
Cypress Carpet 1 [NFG]
Dusky Clearwing 1 (3rd garden record to TAB lure)
Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Leopard Moth 1 [NFY]
Miller 1 [NFY]
Six-belted Clearwing 1 [NFG] (To API lure)
White Satin 3 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acleris kochiella 1 [NFY]
Anania perlucidalis 1 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 3 [NFY]
Dichrorampha plumbagana 1 [NFY]
Dichrorampha vancouverana 1 [NFY]
Endothenia quadrimaculana 1 [NFG]
Ostrinia nubilalis 1 [NFY]
Phycita roborella 1 [NFY]
Scoparia subfusca 2 [NFY]
Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]

Acleris kochiella

Bright-line Brown-eye

Brown Scallop

Cloaked Pug

Cream-bordered Green Pea

Cypress Carpet

Dichrorampha plumbagana

Endothenia quadrimaculana

Leopard Moth

Six-belted Clearwing

Yponomeuta evonymella

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