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 19 August 2023

Tuesday Trapping Treats

Another rather remarkable night here in my garden on Tuesday night.

Numners are really picking up, the amount of common species have doubled recently, with numbers of White-point, Vine's Rustics, Underwings and Nutmegs all in their 30's on a nightly basis, even species like Yellow Shell, Turnip Moth, Cabbage Moth and the Prominents, seem to be having a bonkers second brood with multiples of each every night, it really is great to see.

Amongst the usual expected commoner species there seems to be always a smattering of rarer moths, sometimes not rare but either new for the year or new for the garden.
Tuesday night was no exception, featuring two new species for the garden, not one, but 3 Oblique Striped turned up. 
Oblique Striped is a local Brecks species so it's obviously blown in on the winds.
The second newbie was a lovely form of Epinotia nisella, backed up by a further 7 new species for the year!

The nights continue to be mild but rather breezy now, need some migrants now!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 567 species

15/08/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Cypress Pug 1 [NFY]
Latticed Heath 1 [NFY] 
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Oblique Striped 3 [NFG]
Orange Swift 3 [NFY]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Aroga velocella 1 [NFY]
Epinotia nisella 1 [NFG] 

Aroga velocella

Cypress Pug

Epinotia nisella

Latticed Heath


Oblique Striped

Orange Swift - Large Female

Pyrausta despicata

Royal Mantle

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