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 29 May 2024

Latest from the home trap, raining moths!

A wet night last night, but plenty of moths observed.
Of course this mainly had to do with the temperature, which was still 15c at 11:30pm when I went to bed. When I got up at 4:30am it was still 13c. 

A total of 47 species were recorded, working the trap up until bedtime and potting and netting anything new or interesting.

Come the morning there wasn't much in the trap, mostly Noctuid moths but still no big numbers of anything (a worrying trend) Common Swift & Epiphyas postvittana tied on 6 a piece.
Green Pug is doing well here, with 5 last night alone.

Best moths of the night included a lovely Small Elephant Hawk-moth, a really bright Yellow Shell (found by my son whilst playing in the garden today with his friend), a garden first Clay Triple-lines and a probable Coleophora laricella, which would also be new for the garden and only the 2nd for Cambridgeshire. 

Plenty of interest, lets hope the weather picks up soon, i've got surveys to do!

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 246 species
28/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Clay Triple-lines 1 [NFG]
Miller 1 [NFY]
Mottled Rustic 1 [NFY]
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Yellow Shell 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Common Swift 4
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Carpet 1
Green Pug 5
Heart & Dart 3
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Light Brocade 4
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 6
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Silver Y 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Snout 1
Spectacle 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Sycamore 1
Treble Lines 2
Turnip 2
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 [NFY]
Clepsis consimilana 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 1 (pos laricella tbc)
Bryotropha basaltinella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 3
Epiblema scutulana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 6
Hedya pruniana 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Monopis crocicapitella 1
Pyrausta aurata 1

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Clay Triple-lines

Clepsis consimilana

Coleophora sp prob laricella

Homoeosoma sinuella


Mottled Rustic

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Yellow Shell


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