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 15 April 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap

A good catch on Friday night here in my garden, still a bit breezy, but it was warm and stayed dry with temperatures still at 16 degrees at midnight (I miss those nights already).
Amongst the 18 species noted were an impressive 7 new for year species, including 3 new Pugs, 2 rather early species as well.
Still I have yet to record a Brindled Pug in my garden this year, but probably in excess of 40 Oak-tree now over the last 3 weeks.

A good selection with some early season favourites of mine, Waved Umber with its 'bark-like' pattern, the beautiful green Yellow-barred Brindle (Which does fade to yellow eventually with wear) and a very smart Currant Pug.
Foxglove Pug was also very welcome as I don't see it very often, although I get plenty of Toadflax Pugs here.

A few more posts left before it looks to be rather chilly.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 85 species
12/04/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Common Pug 1 [NFY]
Currant Pug 1 [NFY]
Foxglove Pug 1 [NFY]
Seraphim 1 [NFY]
Waved Umber 1 [NFY]
Yellow-barred Brindle 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 2
Hebrew Character 1
Muslin Moth 8
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Oak-tree Pug 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Streamer 1
Swallow Prominent 1

Micro Moths

Monopis weaverella 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 4
Epinotia immundana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 5

Common Pug

Currant Pug

Foxglove Pug

Monopis weaverella


Waved Umber

Yellow-barred Brindle

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