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

Thursday 27 July 2023

Latest from the garden, very little!

Not much to write about this past week really, I've trapped just twice since last Thursday that's how bad the weather has been, windy, cool, clear, rain all night we just can't win.
It certainly doesn't feel like a normal July that's for sure!
I've also had a blasted stomach bug so was out of action for nearly 3 days, getting there and hoping to see some new moths tonight.
This catch was from Sunday night and it was pretty good really, but species were still low at around 40 considering the favourable conditions.
Once again the catch was dominated by 10's of Yponomeuta rorrella and at least 15 Nutmegs.

A new pine feeding tortrix featured in the catch, the tiny but pretty Clavigesta purdeyi, it is moth species no.767 for the garden.

Some other good new ones for the year included my annual one Drinker (Despite there being hundreds a mile away) and 2 worn moths sadly, Shaded Broad-bar which refused to open it's wings, and the washed out upper surface of a Yarrow Pug.. they all count!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 529 species

23/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Copper Underwing 1 [NFY]
Dingy Footman 1 [NFY]
Drinker 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]
Yarrow Pug 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Clavigesta purdeyi 1 [NFG]
Cochylimorpha straminea 1 [NFY]
Phyllocnistis saligna 1 [NFY]

Clavigesta purdeyi

Cochylimorpha straminea

Copper Underwing


Phyllocnistis saligna

Shaded Broad-bar

Yarrow Pug

Dingy Footman

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