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

Monday 3 July 2023

Still running a week behind!

Still can't seem to catch up with my catches, although the weather has turned a bit now, windy cooler and with some much needed rain.
I ran the trap last night and it was a fairly poor catch for the beginning of July, but with a nice big green surprise.
Saturday night I had a night off, and it's looking like the same thing tonight as the temperature is said to drop to 8 or 9 degrees with a gusty wind, not ideal.

Last Monday night it was still warm and settled and moths were plentiful, several new species for the garden were noted, Gold Spot was one of them, what a beautiful looking moth it is.

In the daytime I attracted another new Clearwing species, the Yellow-legged Clearwing.
I also got my 4th Dusky Clearwing (And i've since had my 5th the other day). I wonder how long these will keep flying for. It will certainly be very interesting to find out.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 409 species

26/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Common Rustic 1 [NFY]
Gold Spot 1 [NFG]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Yellow-legged Clearwing 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC] 
Epinotia abbreviana 1 [NFG]
Metzneria metzneriella 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon sp to API lure [TBC]
Notocelia roborana 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad 2 [NFY] 
Cloaked Minor

Gold Spot

Gypsonoma aceriana

Metzneria metzneriella

Notocelia roborana

Ruby Tiger

Yellow-legged Clearwing

Yponomeuta sp cag mal pad


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