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 20 June 2023

Saturday night trapping

Another good catch (a continuing theme as mild nights seem to be here to stay) on Saturday night, and after another warm and humid day, the night was spot on and over 50 species were observed through the night and come the morning.
By day the big surprise of course was the 2nd modern day record of Dusky Clearwing to the TAB lure, and another 2 Currant Clearwing in the TIP, and 4 Orange-tailed in the VES.

By night, moths such as Blue-bordered Carpet and Common Emerald provided the splash of colour.

Amazingly  Bramble Shoot Moth was new for the garden!

A few moths were retained for dissection, 1 small worn Ephestia (half the size) with the possibility of a Cadra species, 2 Ephestia species (to check to see what species I have here) and a very plain Eudonia species.
Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 289 species

17/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Blue-bordered Carpet 1 [NFY]
Common Emerald 1 [NFY] 
Currant Clearwing 2 to TIP lure
Dusky Clearwing 1 to TAB lure [NFG]
Ephestia sp 2 TBC

Micro Moths

Agapeta hamana 1 [NFY]
Anarsia innoxiella 1 [NFY] 
Crambus perlella 1 [NFY] 
Eudonia lacustrata 3 [NFY]
Notocelia uddmanniana 1 [NFG]
Cadra sp pos 1 TBC
Eudonia sp 1 TBC
Agapeta hamana

Anarsia innoxiella

Blue-bordered Carpet

Common Emerald

Currant Clearwing

Dusky Clearwing

Ephestia sp

Ephestia sp

Eudonia lacustrata

Eudonia sp

Notocelia uddmanniana


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