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

Sunday 12 May 2024

Ticking along nicely indeed

Despite catches still being quite low, every trapping session bodes some interest, and generally everytime the light is run now, new species are seen.
I did a spot of dusk netting once more as the weather was much calmer with just a faint breeze.
It paid off in dividends, with several species netted over the hour I stood out there.
The best moth went to a tiny sun-loving micro moth that i've only ever seen at my nearby fen, Glyphipterix thrasonella.
It is a new species for the garden, a very dark individual (some are brighter and more metallic than my one).
I also netted a Pammene suspectana, maybe the lures attracted it to the garden? who knows.

The 3rd and final new micro was a delicately marked Isotrias rectifasciana, a really fresh example that came to my trap early doors.

From the trap overnight Light Brocade and Poplar Kitten were great additions.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 142 species
08/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Light Brocade 1 [NFY]
Poplar Kitten 1 [NFY]
Common Pug 2
Coronet 1
Garden Carpet 5
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 2
Puss Moth 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Silver Y 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 2

Micro Moths 

Glyphipterix thrasonella 1 [NFG] (netted)
Isotrias rectifasciana 1 [NFY]
Pammene suspectana 1 [NFY] (netted)
Alucita hexadactyla 1 (netted)
Cameraria ohridella 2 (netted)
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Esperia sulphurella 1 (netted)
Eudonia angustea 1
Mompha subbistrigella 2 (netted)
Nemapogon granella 1 (netted)

Glyphipterix thrasonella

Isotrias rectifasciana

Light Brocade

Pammene suspectana

Poplar Kitten


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