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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Sunday 9 July 2023

Slowly catching up, another great catch

On Friday night, I set the trap up early as I was off to the woods with local friend Leslie Gardiner.
I got home at just before 3am, bleary eyed and frazzled but thought it would be easier to shut my trap down and then get some kip.
No time to note all of the species, but it was great to see returns of the spring moths, Nut-tree Tussock and Early Thorn, the former I don't always record the second brood.

Probably around 70 species, with lots of the common Underwings, Least Catpets etc etc.

Star of the night was the migrant Pyralid Acrobasis tumidana, a first for me in the UK, only having previously seen this species in numerous european countries, fantastic! And worth double checking any Acrobasis advenella.

The next best moth was a garden first Bird's Wing, a moth i've never encountered in any of my gardens that i've resided at.

Two Common Rustic were checked, one was a Lesser and another addition to the year list.

One of my favourites was also sitting on the sheet when I got home, Monochroa palustrellus. Extremely skittish trying to photograph it, slip sliding all over the surface like a loose surf board in the waves.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 470 species

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

Macro Moths
Bird's Wing 1 [NFG]
Fen Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFY]  
Pine Carpet 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Acrobasis tumidana 1 [NFG]
Blastodacana hellerella 1 [NFY]
Brachmia blandella 1 [NFG] 
Eudemis profundana 1 [NFY]
Gelechia senticetella 1 [NFY]
Monochroa palustrellus 1 [NFY]
Parachronistis albiceps 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes vulgella 1 [NFY]

Acrobasis tumidana

Bird's Wing

Fen Wainscot

Gelechia senticetella

Lesser Common Rustic

Monochroa palustrellus

Parachronistis albiceps

Pine Carpet

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