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

Thursday 24 August 2023

Some great new moths

Another good catch in the garden last friday, with around 60 species and well over 200 moths present.
Before the massive excitement of the 10th speecies of Hawk-moth for the garden (Bedstraw) there were still some great moths to be seen, including some new for the garden and the year.

The catch was made up of mainly Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Flounced Rustics, Vine's Rustics, Turnips and Straw Underwings.
Blood-vein was a late addition to the year list, in fact last years year first was even later, on the 20th of September! 
In total, 8 species were new for the year, 3 of them were new for the garden. Another (possibly Caloptilia falconipennella) would be another new species.
This is very pleasing for mid to late August.
The weather has been quite settled and very muggy, but we are losing the heat soon as a cold front sweeps across the country.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 577 species

18/08/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Blood-vein 1 [NFY]
Six-striped Rustic 1 [NFG]
Small Rufous 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Argyresthia semitestacella 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia pos falconipennella 1 [TBC]
Cochylidia heydeniana 1 [NFY] 
Ectoedemia decentella 1 [NFG]
Mompha propinquella 1 [NFG]
Ypsolopha scabrella 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia semitestacella


Burnished Brass

Caloptilia pos falconipennella TBC
Cochylidia heydeniana

Ectoedemia decentella

Six-striped Rustic

Ypsolopha scabrella

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