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

Tuesday 29 August 2023


The weather has been very mixed recently, and some nights numbers have been lower, that i've switched off at bedtime. Other nights there have been plenty of common species and the usual breckland specialities blowing in, but there has been no new for year species since Wednesday night now, a whole week!

This is fairly typical as we say goodbye to summer and start to enter into Autumn, but a week without a newbie is still on the slow side.

Still there were lots of different species that featured on Friday that did not come to the light 2 days previous.
The VES lure scored a Yellow-legged Clearwing, the second for the garden after losing the last before taking a photo!
And the NI lure bagged a mint Dewick's Plusia.
Caloptilia honoratella showed up once again. I've recorded it most months this year in my garden, and several per month.

A Coleophora has been retained for dissection.
Below is a selection of species that I recorded.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 587 species

Caloptilia honoratella

Coleophora sp

Dewick's Plusia

Ptocheuusa paupella

Turnip Moth

Webb's Wainscot

White-line Dart

Yellow-legged Clearwing

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