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 19 July 2023

Still fairly quiet but some nice surprises

My garden seems to be just about ticking along currently, with a smattering of new species added on Monday night and last night, as you can see the species really have a late summer feel to them already, with Least Yellow Underwing and Agriphila geniculea both featuring last night.

Several night now I haven't ran the trap due to those really strong wings we experienced, coupled with a cooler night, and then a really wet downpour at dusk, it really hasn't been the best July so far! 
In fact it's been one of the most cool and changeable ones i've experienced since starting moth recording in 2006.
rorella was back in the picture last night, easily upwards of 400 specimens peppered the house walls, door and all over and inside the trap! Similar catches have been echoed across the east, particularly in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Pick of the crop on Monday night was a belting Jersey Tiger and the a plume that does well around here in these parts, Crombrugghia distans or the Breckland Plume as it is commonly known by.

Coleophora trifolii was a new garden species and no.765.
A few Coleophora species and a Scrobipalpa await full identification, probably during the winter months now.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 516 species

17/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Jersey Tiger 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Crombrugghia distans 1 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Scrobipalpa sp 1 [TBC]
18/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Least Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Rosy Minor 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Agriphila geniculea 2 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 2 [TBC]
Coleophora trifolii 1 [NFG] 
Pediasia contaminella 1 [NFY]

Coleophora sp

Crombrugghia distans

Jersey Tiger

Neocochylis dubitana

Scrobipalpa sp

Agriphila geniculea

Coleophora sp

Coleophora trifolii

Pediasia contaminella

Rosy Minor


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