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

Saturday 26 August 2023

Another rarity turns up!

Amother good catch last Sunday night here in my garden, I didn't count species as I ran out of time, but did pot up any new ones for the year.
The best moth of the night was a 2nd county record of Ypsolopha alpella, this comes hot on the heels of the second county record of Ypsolopha sylvella that I managed on the 1st of August in the garden, incredible! Another Ypsolopha was also added to the year list, sequella.

A large Red Underwing was impressive sitting on the house wall extremely camouflaged, I have yet to see it's bigger brother the Blue Underwing, hopefully very soon! 

The first Sallow species also turned up and generally the first species, the Centre-barred Sallow.
It was to be the last night in a while where i've recorded multiple new for year species.

Weather note; it's changing again with night-time temperatures cool and damp now sadly.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 583 species

20/08/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Centre-barred Sallow 1 [NFY]
Red Underwing 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths
Etainia louisella/sericopeza 1 [NFY] 
Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha alpella 1 [NFG]
Ypsolopha sequella 1 [NFY]

Centre-barred Sallow

Etainia louisella/sericopeza

Red Underwing

Scrobipalpa acuminatella

Ypsolopha alpella

Ypsolopha sequella

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