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 9 October 2023

A few recent catches including a couple of new garden species

Here is a weekly round-up (or nearly 2 weekly for that matter) from my garden trap.
Back on the 26th September I recorded 6 Clancy's Rustic, which was a garden record at the time, but most nights now i'm recording that amount on a regular basis, over 40 have now graced my garden this autumn, including an early June record.
Large Wainscot have had a very successful year, and as I type i've got 6 already tonight. On the 26th it was nice to get several Large and also one Small Wainscot to compare.
On the 30th, Brindled Green was new for year and a new Shieldbug was pleasing, the Mottled Shieldbug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa).
I also got the variegated form of Acleris rhombana.

Into October and the warm days kept coming, a true Indian summer was and still is with us (for only a couple more days).
The 2nd saw a mint Mallow, one of 4 now this year, and a late Spectacle.
The Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) was new for the garden. I've only seen this species a couple of times before, the most memorable one was the first time I saw this species, sitting inside an insect electrocuter in the middle of Hoddesdon town in Hertfordshire, rescued...photographed...released.

On the 4th I actually joined the migrant train, with a nice dark Convolvulus Hawk-moth and the 2nd Delicate of 2023, the first being in July.
My latest ever Treble Brown Spot was also worth noting.

The 6th brought 6 Turnip Moths, maybe migrants? who knows. The rest was the usual fare but some nice forms of regulars were observed.
The best moth was a garden first Ypsolopha ustella, which seems to be only the 10th county record. 
It's been a very successful year for the family, adding alpella and sylvella to the garden also. The Ypsolopha tally stands at 7 species.
A season first Satellite was pleasing, and another lateish moth, an Endotricha flammealis. 

New for years and notables listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 623 species

26/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Clancy's Rustic 6
Large Wainscot 2
Small Wainscot 1

30/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Brindled Green 1 [NFY] 

Micro Moths
Acleris rhombana 1 

02/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Mallow 1 [NFY] 
Spectacle 1
Spruce Carpet 1 

Micro Moths
Plodia interpunctella 1 [NFG]

04/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Delicate 1
Treble Brown Spot 1 
06/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Beaded Chestnut 4
Lunar Underwing 3
Satellite 1
Turnip Moth 6

Micro Moths
Ypsolopha ustella 1 [NFG]
Brindled Green

Clancy's Rustics

Large & Small Wainscot


Plodia interpunctella


Convolvulus Hawk-moth


Treble Brown Spot

Beaded Chestnut

Endotricha flammealis


Turnip Moths

Ypsolopha ustella


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