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

Friday 28 July 2023

Warm and muggy but sudden downpours prove tricky

Last night was very humid indeed, and it signalled the march of the flying ants in the garden once more. 

Yesterday during the day, it had been sticky, great for insects but not for working in. Back to work I still wasn't feeling 100%.

The trap was all ready for a bumper haul come the morning, and indeed it was quite busy, with 100+ Yponomeuta, 40+ Least Carpet, 25+ Endotricha flammealis and 17 Nutmegs... those were the big winners.

A hint of migration occured with 4 Plutella xylostella and a year first Dark Sword-grass.

Before I went to bed I potted up a few nice moths, the pick was a garden first and tiny Parectopa ononidis, unfortunately very bedraggled after a real hefty downpour at dusk, the patio was flooded and I was hoping it would ease after a few minutes, well it did then it started again, then stopped then started again. This went on for a good 20 minutes.

It was worth persevering though as several new species for the year were observed and are listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 535 species

27/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Dark Sword-grass 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Bactra furfurana 1 [NFY]
Epinotia immundana 1 [NFY]
Monopis weaverella 1 [NFG]
Parectopa ononidis 1 [NFG] 
Phyllonorycter klemannella 1 [NFY]

Bactra furfurana

Dark Sword-grass

Endothenia gentianaeana marginana

Epinotia immundana

Monopis weaverella

Parectopa ononidis

Phyllonorycter klemannella

Turnip Moth

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