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 7 May 2024

A blinding night for early May

An absolute stonker of a night was to be had on Saturday night, with some netting at dusk (although feeling a bit rough) and getting up early doors made me feel worse, it was well worth the pain.
14 new species for the year were noted and photographed the next day, very good for early May and a grand total of 30 species was the most i've ever recorded in one night during the first week of May.
On the pheromone lure front, it's been stupidly quiet recently, but an Argyrotaenia ljungiana was in the HYL lure trap in the evening. I also got 1 to the trap overnight.

Best moth of the evening was a Phaneta pauperana, a moth associated with Dog-rose on chalky habitats, not quite what my garden is or even the nearby vicinity! 
There are some small pockets of wild Rose in the hedgerows here so that would probably explain it's unexpected appearance.
With just 5 previous records and not seen since 2015, very pleasing indeed.
The only place i've seen this species before was at Ashwell Quarry in Hertfordshire, which is a chalk pit.
Another new garden moth was the Firethorn feeding Phyllonorycter leucographella, a common moth i've taken before around it's foodplant (And the mines on the leaves are usually prolific) but good to add it to the garden list
Other than that, there were some cracking other micros and some fresh macro moths to enjoy photographing.

Temperatures are rising, traps at the ready peeps!
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 122 species
04/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFY]
Grey Dagger sp 1 [NFY]
Iron Prominent 1 [NFY]
Scorched Carpet 1
Garden Carpet 2
Muslin Moth 2
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Pale Tussock 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Swallow Prominent 1
Waved Umber 1
Micro Moths 

Anthophila fabriciana 2 [NFY] (netted)
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 2 [NFY] (1 netted and 1 to HYL lure)
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFY] (netted)
Bryotropha basaltinella 1 [NFY](netted)
Cochylis atricapitana 1 [NFY]
Coptotriche marginea 1 [NFY] (netted)
Monopis crocicapitella 1 [NFY] (netted)
Phaneta pauperana 1 [NFG] (netted)
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1 [NFY] (netted)
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1 [NFY] (netted)
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1 [NFY]
Alucita hexadactyla 1 (netted)
Cameraria ohridella 1 (netted)
Cochylis dubitana 1
Endrosis sarcitrella 1 (netted)
Epiphyas postvittana 3 (1 netted)
Esperia sulphurella 1 (netted)
Eudonia angustea 1

Anthophila fabriciana

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Bright-line Brown-eye

Bryotropha basaltinella

Cochylis atricapitana

Coptotriche marginea

Grey Dagger sp

Iron Proninent

Monopis crocicapitella

Phaneta pauperana

Phyllonorycter leucographella


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