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 16 May 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap

Another limited catch on Saturday night, a clear sky and breeze again dampened the numbers, and with lows of 10c it wasn't a stellar temperature either.
Luckily there were still 5 new species to be noted and photographed. Nothing spectacular but the Snout was rather a smart individual, and the Blastobasis was a good find from my little boy, whom spotted sitting on the house wall in the morning.

A warmer muggier night saw numbers increase on Sunday night.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 173 species
11/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Lime-speck Pug 1 [NFY]
Snout 1 [NFY]
White Ermine 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1
Common Pug 3
Garden Carpet 1
Light Brocade 1
Muslin Moth 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
Treble Lines 3
Turnip Moth 1
Willow Beauty 5
Yellow-barred Brindle 2

Micro Moths

Blastobasis lacticolella 1 [NFY]
Ephestia sp 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha basaltinella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Monopis crocicapitella 1

Blastobasis lacticolella

Ephestia sp

Lime-speck Pug


White Ermine


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