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

Saturday 17 June 2023

Warm days with warm nights

Still no rain here in East Cambs, we desperately need some now!
I'm getting a little behind and probably won't catch up now.
This was a catch from Monday night which included many new species for the year.

Personal highlights were year firsts of Tawny Wave, Pine Hawk-moth, Marbled Coronet & Exoteleia dodecella.
A really fresh and orange-hued Lesser Yellow Underwing was nice to see and a little earlier than I would expect.
Even better was that there were two new micros for the garden.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 268 species

12/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Burnished Brass 2 [NFY]
Currant Pug 1 [NFY]
Freyer's Pug 2 [NFY]
Heart & Club 1 [NFY]
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Marbled Coronet 1 [NFY]
Pine Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Shark 1 [NFY]
Tawny Wave 1 [NFY]
Uncertain 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Aglossa pinguinalis 1 [NFY]
Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Anania coronata 1 [NFY]
Archips podana 1 [NFY] 
Elachista triatomea 1 [NFG]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY] 
Exoteleia dodecella 1 [NFY]
Tinea semifulvella 1 [NFY]


Tawny Wave


Pine Hawk-moth

Marbled Coronet

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Heart & Club

Exoteleia dodecella

Eudonia mercurella

Elachista triatomea

Currant Pug

Burnished Brass

Anania coronata

Aleimma loeflingiana

Aglossa pinguinalis

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