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

Sunday 25 June 2023

Still full steam ahead!

Mothing lately has been nothing short of incredible, with a few weeks now of warm nights (even when its been a clear sky)
Most nights and days have been well above average for this time of year, with nearly every day at 24 degrees plus, a full 3 degrees up on an average daytime temperature in June (Info from the met office)

Nights have also been exclusively in double digits, sometimes mid-teens all night.

Monday night was no different, with partly cloudy skies, completely still and a minimum of 16 degrees, the trap was busy for here and I estimate that around 65 species attended the trap, although no real time to log everything currently.
With 17 new additions for the year and 4 confirmed new for garden species (Although one is pending dissection to seperate between two possibles)  it was a very enthralling night full of exquisite variety.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 329 species

19/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Straw 1 [NFY]
Common Footman 1 [NFY]
Common White Wave 1 [NFG]
Scarce Footman 1 [NFY]
V-Moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Carpatolechia fugivitella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 2 (2 different species) TBC
Dioryctria abietella 1 [NFY]
Elachista stabilella 2 [NFY]
Enarmonia formosana 1 [NFG]
Eucosma conterminana 2 [NFY]
Evergestis limbata 1 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY]
Oegoconia sp 1 [NFY]
Phycitodes binaevella 1 [NFY]
Phycitodes saxicola/maritima 1 [NFG]
Ptocheuusa paupella 1 [NFG]
Recurvaria leucatella 1 [NFY]

Archips podana

Coleophora sp

Coleophora sp

Common Footman

Common White Wave

Dioryctria abietella

Elachista stabilella

Eucosma conterminana

Evergestis limbata

Grapholita janthinana

Phycitodes binaevella

Phycitodes saxicola maritima

Ptocheuusa paupella

Recurvaria leucatella

Scarce Footman


Yellow Shell


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