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

Thursday 23 May 2024

Cream-spot Tiger, yippee!

After one taken in the village a mere 500 metres away to good friend Leslie's actinic trap the other night, I couldn't believe it when I saw one sitting on top of the trap before turning in for the night at 10pm.
At the time I was tired, and presumed it was probably the same moth.
Roll on this morning and a quick photo revealed that it wasn't the same moth! Arctiidae, particularly Garden & Cream-spot have quite unique patterned forewings, no two are exactly the same.
Blown away beyond belief, it is a great addition to Scarlet and Jersey Tiger which are already on the garden list, I will now pray for Garden Tiger now (Although I did find a caterpillar in the garden last year). 
It was slim pickings under clear skies once more, but I did add 3 other species to the year list and there was also a tiny moth in the FUN bucket trap, which turned out to be a Grapholita jathinana, a new record to that lure for me.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 223 species
22/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Wave 1 [NFY]
Cream-spot Tiger 1 [NFG]
Green Pug 1 [NFY]
Common Swift 3
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 1
Marbled Minor 1
Pale Tussock 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Shears 1
Snout 1
Turnip Moth 1
White Ermine 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Aproaerema anthyllidella 2 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY] (To FUN lure)
Agonopterix arenella 1
Anania hortulata 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Plutella xylostella 3

Cream-spot Tiger Comparison

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Common Wave

Cream-spot Tiger

Grapholita janthinana

Green Pug


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