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

Monday 25 September 2023

A nice mild night, but windy as!

A warmer night of late last night, with lows of 16 degrees it was certainly worth lighting up the trap.
The nights are really drawing in now and by 7pm it's already nearly dark. 
By 9pm last night I already had more moths than the previous night combined.
In total, a super 29 species were recorded.
No exciting migrants sadly (maybe tonight) but I did get one Plutella xylostella, a moth I haven't seen for many weeks now.
It was good to see a variety of micros once again.

Highlights were another Red Underwing, a late Coronet and Least Carpet, a rather striking but tiny Phyllonorycter trifasciella, a honeysuckle lover that has multiple broods throughout the year.

There were also two new for year macro moths, Beaded Chestnut & Blair's Shoulder-knot.

Conditions are getting a little better at night, with some windy but mild nights coming up, lets see what happens...

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 613 species

24/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Beaded Chestnut [NFY]
Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]
Black Rustic
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Dewick's Plusia
Flounced Rustic
Garden Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Lunar Underwing
Mouse Moth
Red Underwing
Square-spot Rustic
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Acleris sparsana
Acleris variegana
Blastobasis lacticolella
Cameraria ohridella
Cydalima perspectalis
Epiphyas postvittana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Monopis crocicapitella
Phyllonorycter trifasciella
Plutella xylostella
Beaded Chestnut

Blair's Shoulder-knot


Phyllonorycter trifasciella

Red Underwing


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