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

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Another new for garden! Don't laugh....

Honestly, a common moth and it's taken nigh on 3 years to record one in my garden.
I'm talking about the Silver-ground Carpet, a common moth locally in good habitat. I'm not sure why it's taken so long to add it to the list, nevertheless it was a bit of a faded specimen sadly.
It was another similar sized catch to the previous night (Sunday) but which more variety with 5 new moths, sadly, not many micros on these cool, clear and damp evenings.
Highlights for me aside from the new record were the vibrant Cinnabar, and a very smart and fresh Cabbage Moth with the red highlights still present behind the head.

And then the rain came, all 31 days worth? probably...
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 218 species
20/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Cinnabar 1 [NFY]
Freyer's Pug 1 [NFY]
Silver-ground Carpet 1 [NFY]
Small Square-spot 1 [NFY]
Buff-tip 3
Cabbage Moth 1
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 7
Coronet 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet
Green Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 1
Light Brocade 5
Marbled Minor 5
Mottled Pug 1
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Spruce Carpet 1
Treble Lines 5
Turnip Moth 3
White Ermine 1
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Ditula angustiorana 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Hedya pruniana 1

Cabbage Moth


Ditula angustiorana

Freyer's Pug

Silver-ground Carpet

Small Square-spot


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