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

Monday 12 June 2023

Friday night moth night

In fact the weather has really picked up, that it's moth night every night currently! With numerous species added to the year list night on night.
Friday night it started to improve, and with  highs of 24 degrees and lows of around 14 degrees, it was a marked difference.
10 new species were noted, one before lights on was found fluttering around the inside of the bucket lure trap for the Orange-tailed Clearwing (AND) a fresh Hedya nubiferana.

Highlights of the night were a pretty Broad-barred White and two new species for the garden, which now takes me over 700 species, both Nemapogon koenigi & Elachista atricomella.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 207 species

09/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Broad-barred White 1 [NFY]
Green Pug 1 [NFY]
Mottled Rustic 1 [NFY]
Buttoned Snout 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Lime-speck Pug 2
Peppered Moth 1
Silver Y 1
Spectacle 1
Treble-bar 1
Vine's Rustic 5
Willow Beauty 5
Micro Moths
Elachista atricomella 1 [NFG]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY] to AND
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon koenigi 1 [NFG]
Parapoynx stratiotata 1 [NFY]
Tortrix viridana 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 4
Bryotropha affinis/basaltinella 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Tortrix viridana

Parapoynx stratiotata

Nemapogon koenigi

Mottled Rustic

Homoeosoma sinuella

Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Hedya nubiferana

Green Pug

Elachista atricomella

Cochylimorpha straminea

Broad-barred White


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