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

Tuesday 4 June 2024

A much warmer night, the moths appear

A very busy night (by recent standards) in my garden, with 14 new ones for the year and an incredible 59 species, it's amazing what a few more degrees makes.
Talking of degrees, the weather was pretty perfect, a far cry from tonights weather here. With lows of 15 degrees and a good chunk of lovely cloud to lock the warm day temperatures in.

I worked the trap up until nearly the next day, but tiredness got the better of me. Rising at 4:30, the trap wasn't heaving, 1's and 2's of a lot of species. 
Species diversity is still strong here, but numbers are crashing year on year. Memories of traps full of common moths are fading repidly sadly, though I couldn't forget 30+ Dot Moths in one trap once, and possibly a record 224 Nutmegs over two MV traps back in 2014.

It will be very interesting to see what the next 10 years holds for our moths.

I digress

Back to the moths from Sunday night.. best species had to go to the miniscule Lyonetia prunifoliella netted early-doors at dusk, a rare moth here in Cambs and probably only rare because of how tiny it is, new for the garden.

Other cracking moths included not one, but 4 Elephant Hawk-moths, all spankingly fresh. Evergestis limbata was back, a regular little moth here and good to see once more, in fact the micros stole the show 11 to 3!

After all that excitement it's back to glum times.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 266 species
02/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY]
Straw Dot 1 [NFY]

Brimstone Moth 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Clouded Silver 2
Common Carpet 1
Common Swift 2
Common Wainscot 1
Coronet 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Light Brocade 1
Marbled Minor 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Oak Beauty 1
Pale Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Silver Y 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Snout 1
Treble Lines 1
Turnip Moth 3
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella 1 [NFY]
Agapeta hamana 3 [NFY]
Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Archips podana 2 [NFY]
Coleophora trifolii 1 [NFY]
Cydia pomonella 1 [NFY]
Epinotia bilunana 2 [NFY]
Evergestis limbata 1 [NFY]
Grapholita tenebrosana 1 [NFY]
Lyonetia prunifoliella 1 [NFG]
Neocochylis molliculana 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 1
Argyresthia cupressella 2
Argyresthia spinosella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 5
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1
Ephestia sp 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Hedya pruniana 1
Hedya nubiferana 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Lyonetia clerkella 1
Monopis crocicapitella 1
Notocelia trimaculana 1
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1
Parornix sp 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Plutella xylostella 1

Agapeta hamana

Archips podana

Cydia pomonella

Elephant Hawk-moth

Epinotia bilunana

Evergestis limbata

Lyonetia prunifoliella

Neocochylis molliculana

Small Waved Umber


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