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 28 October 2023

More great moths from Monday night but a little cold and chilly now

It's been a quiet week here in my garden.
With night-time temperatures dipping to 5 degrees and clear misty and damp nights there's only been around 10 moths per trapping session.
On Monday however, it was fairly mild and calm and there were plenty of moths! 

58 moths of another mind-blowing 27 species, with two new macro moths for the year, a tricky Acleris that turned out to be the plainest forms of schalleriana i've ever seen.
The two new macros were a super Juniper Carpet and finally a male Autumnal Moth that was checked (After recording possibles over the last two years, but all being females and impossible to dissect).

I also found a Cypress Carpet on the wall, great to get both this and Juniper together.

It was a carpet themed night with a further 7 Red-green Carpets of various forms including a dazzling green coloured one.

Large Wainscot are still going, although numbers have tailed off now

Blood-vein was my latest ever record.
Trapping may pick up a bit as the night's get milder but as expected, wetter.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 637 species
23/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Autumnal Moth 1 [NFY]
Juniper Carpet 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 1
Beaded Chestnut 2
Black Rustic 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
Blood-vein 1
Chestnut 1
Cypress Carpet 1
Double-striped Pug 3
Feathered Thorn 2
Green-brindled Crescent 2
Large Wainscot 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Merveille du Jour 1
November Moth 6
Red-green Carpet 7
Satellite 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Cydalima perspectalis 2
Emmelina monodactyla 3
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Eudonia angustea 1
Udea ferrugalis 8

Acleris schalleriana

Autumnal Moth



Cypress Carpet

Cypress Carpet & Juniper Carpet

Juniper Carpet

Large Wainscot

Red-green Carpet

Red-green Carpet


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