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

Monday 27 May 2024

Still a pretty good night despite awful temperatures

It felt cold and damp in my garden once more this morning, though upon returning from a field trip at half midnight, I checked the trapping area, and was pleasantly surprised to note nearly 30 species.

By the morning a further 11 were added, making a rather respectable 41 species, low numbers for most species though.

Interestingly there were no new macro moth species for the year list, but there were 4 new micros which was pleasing, including a rather smart Dioryctria abietella.

Feeling it today after another late night and early rise!

Looking on the horizon for a nice warm night, looks like i'll be looking a little longer...

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 235 species
26/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 7
Common Wainscot 1
Flame 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Freyer's Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Carpet 2
Green Pug 3
Heart & Dart 1
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 5
Pale Oak Beauty 2
Pale Tussock 2
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Grey 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 1
Treble Lines 2
Turnip 1
Vine's Rustic 1
White Ermine 2
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths

Bryotropha terrella 1 [NFY]
Celypha lacunana 1 [NFY]
Dioryctria abietella 1 [NFY]
Notocelia trimaculana 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 2
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eudonia angustea 1
Hedya pruniana 2
Tinea trinotella 1

Bryotropha terrella

Celypha lacunana

Dioryctria abietella

Notocelia trimaculana


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