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

Wednesday 5 July 2023

A great selection of mid-summer moths

Last Wednesday was another warm and settled day, but by night we had a few showers and this increased the humidity by a lot.
Moths and humidity go together like lamb and mint, and the uptick in activity is noticeable. Indeed there were around 70 species noted in and around the trap, house walls and on the fences.
I once again potted up as many new species as I could, before turning in at midnight.

A Spilonota species was retained which could well be laricana, as it looks like ones i've recorded before in Larch woodland previously.

A smart looking Dun-bar was also nice to see.
Common Wave & Chilo phragmitella were new species for the garden, 1 away now, from 750 species for the garden.
15 new species was great to add. 

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 433 species

28/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Brown-tail 2 [NFY]
Common Wave 1 [NFG]
Double Square-spot 1 [NFY]
Old Lady 1 [NFY]
Small Ranunculus 1 [NFY]
White-line Dart 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths
Batrachedra praeangusta 1 [NFY]
Catoptria pinella 2 [NFY] 
Chilo phragmitella 1 [NFG]
Dichomeris alacella 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma dealbana 1 [NFY]
Hedya salicella 1 [NFY]
Metalampra italica 1 [NFY]
Plutella porrectella 1 [NFY]
Tinea pellionella 1 [NFY] 

Batrachedra praeangusta


Catoptria pinella

Common Wave

Dichomeris alacella


Gypsonoma dealbana

Old Lady

Small Ranunculus

White-line Dart

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