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

Friday 22 March 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap, a new species.

I've been running my trap most nights here and it's been pretty good to say the least, plenty of the regular species have been in good supply during these mild nights.

Best catch of the week was on Wednesday night where I counted 31 moths of a fabulous 16 species. 2 of the species were netted at dusk on the patio, a very effective way of adding bonus micro moths to the garden and year list.

Best moth of the night went to the 798th species for the garden, an Agonopterix ocellana, a moth i've taken before at nearby Chippenham Fen.

Oak-tree Pug was the only new species of macro moth added, but a real cracker of a specimen, and oddly before any Brindled Pugs here (Although both are scarce in my garden).
The 2 that I netted before the trap was lit were also new for the year, the Autumn form of Caloptilia semifascia and an early (Probable overwintering) Phyllonorycter sagitella. The latter will be retained just in case of the outside chance of apparella.
Last night, less moths but a similar amount of species, the best was an obscure form of Twin-spotted Quaker.

Tonight the temperature is set to slide away to low single figures, so i'm off.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 43 species
20/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Oak-tree Pug 1 [NFY] 
Brindled Beauty 2
Clouded Drab 1
Common Quaker 3
Double-striped Pug 5
Early Grey 2
Red Chestnut 2
Small Quaker 2
Micro Moths
Agonopterix ocellana 1 [NFG]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter sagitella/apparella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 2
Alucita hexdactyla 4
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eudonia angustea 1

Agonopterix ocellana

Caloptilia semifascia

Oak-tree Pug

Phyllonorycter sagitella/apparella

Twin-spotted Quaker

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