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

Thursday 8 June 2023

Double garden post catch-up

The need to combine two posts has been heralded by the prospect of warm weather hitting us within days, and I don't just mean by day, but by night too! 
With possible highs of 30 degrees on Saturday and lows of around 16 degrees, it could be rather busy for the first time this year? So slow it's been, I had a facebook memory come up yesterday of Strawberries picked from our crop.
Currently the Strawberries are still leafing and are nowhere near fruiting as they haven't even flowered yet, crazy!

So here are Tuesday nights and Wednesday nights catches, both included numerous year firsts, and even some new garden species, one in particular was a very good record for Cambs, and no doubt a blow in on the easterly winds from the nearby Brecks.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 197 species

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

Macro Moths

Dark Arches 2 [NFY]
Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Sandy Carpet 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 3
Heart & Dart 7
Light Brocade 2
Marbled Minor 10
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Silver Y 1
Treble Lines 4
Turnip Moth 6
Vine's Rustic 3
Willow Beauty 4
Yellow-barred Brindle 1
Micro Moths
Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha terrella 2 [NFY]
Epinotia bilunana 1 [NFG]
Thisanotia chrysonuchella 1 [NFG]

Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 5
07/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Wainscot 2 [NFY]
Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Large Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Snout 1 [NFY]
White Ermine 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 2
Heart & Dart 5
Light Brocade 1
Lime-speck Pug 2
Turnip Moth 3
Micro Moths
Hedya pruniana 1 [NFY]
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Grapholita funebrana 2

Currant Clearwing to TIP lure

Common Wainscot

Common Wainscot

Currant Clearwing

Elephant Hawk-moth


White Ermine

Bryotropha terrella

Epinotia bilunana


Thisanotia chrysonuchella

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