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 6 July 2023

More good moths before the nights got a little cooler

A big contrast between the nights in June, and the start of July. 
In fact, several nights I didn't run my trap because it seemed pretty pointless, with it being either very wet, or cold and clear.
Back on the 30th of June, it was still respectably warm at nights, at least up until midnight. 

Last Friday night saw another cast of newbies grace the trap.

There was no trap run on Saturday night, but walking around the lures bucket traps on Sunday morning, yielded several Silver Y's and a new for year Dewick's Plusia (both species in the NI lure trap).

There was also a small speckled micro in the VES lure, this appears to be a garden first Nemapogon ruricolella, a very good moth here in Cambs. I've retained it just in case it turns out to be an off cloacella, which I don't think it will.
Ruddy Carpet was the best moth of the night, a slightly faded specimen, the second record for my garden.
Another worn moth and not common here, was a Southern Wainscot.

Leslie in the village, brought round a Delicate he had trapped in his garden, a new species for the village. Amazingly less than a week later, I get on in my garden as well!

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 444 species

30/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Clouded Brindle 1 [NFY]
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Ruddy Carpet 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Southern Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths
Cochylidia implicitana 1 [NFY]
Evergestis pallidata 1 [NFY]
01/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Lure Traps

Silver Y 3
Dewick's Plusia 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon ruricolella 1 [NFG] (Probably)

Caloptilia honoratella

Clouded Brindle

Cochylidia implicitana

Evergestis pallidata

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Ruddy Carpet

Scalloped Oak

Southern Wainscot

Dewick's Plusia

Nemapogon ruricolella

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