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 26 June 2023

Garden report - 20th of June

Last Tuesday the trap was on once again, with highs of 25 degrees and lows of 14, it was another bumper night with plenty of species present, although numbers are never huge here due to lack of trees in the local vicinity.
But for variety, I can't fault what I have been seeing recently.
The two best moths were a vivid Rosy Footman and the uncommon Mugwort Plume (Hellinsia lienigianus).
A worn Paraswammerdamia nebulella was new for the garden and the 725th species for the garden.

A Coleophora and Stigmella were retained for dissection.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 335 species

20/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Rosy Footman 1 [NFY]
Rustic 1 [NFY]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Ditula angustiorana 1 [NFY] 
Hellinsia lienigianus 1 [NFY]
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 (TBC)
Stigmella sp 1 (TBC) 

Coleophora sp

Ditula angustiorana

Hellinsia lienigianus

Paraswammerdamia nebulella

Rosy Footman


Smoky Wainscot

Stigmella sp

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