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 17 October 2023

Best species count on one night in my garden for the month of October

Last night, looked rather unremarkable weather-wise but there was a nice bit of activity around the trap before an early night.
Getting up this morning, it was pleasantly surprising not to be bombarded by wasps flying aimlessly around the trap and to also have enough time in the twilight to go through the trap without everything flying off.
Prior to last nights excitement, I did record a new for year Yellow-line Quaker on Friday night, the 627th species for the garden this year, such a mint example as well.

Back to last night and there were certainly a few things to be cheerful about, 3 new for year species was great, a slightly misformed Red-line Quaker, a beauty of a Caloptilia rufipennella and a new for garden Dusky-lemon Sallow, a little worse for wear but very pleasing.
That completes the Cirrhia genus trio, with Sallow, Pale-lemon Sallow and now Dusky-lemon Sallow recorded in the garden.
A great 18 species was not expected, I did swap two of my tubes to two brand new ones, though that might have been a coincidence.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 630 species

13/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Yellow-line Quaker 1 [NFY]

16/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Dusky-lemon Sallow 1 [NFG]
Red-line Quaker 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 3
Beaded Chestnut 2
Deep-brown Dart 1
Green-brindled Crescent 1
Large Wainscot 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Mallow 1
Red-green Carpet 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1

Micro Moths

Caloptilia rufipennella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Yellow-line Quaker

Caloptilia rufipennella

Dusky-lemon Sallow

Red-line Quaker

Vine's Rustic


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