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 17 June 2024

A new Clearwing!

Before the garden trap was set, a quick round the garden check didn't yield very much, just a few Grapholita funebrana to it's own lure, and then I saw something bigger sitting in the bottom of the VES bucket trap (The lure thart will hopefully also attract Yellow-legged & Orange-tailed) and there it was, my very first Red-tipped Clearwing (since then i've had another today).

This same lure was out last year for over a month, so it was nice that it's working this year.

The Red-tipped Clearwing has it's own lure (FOR) but I do not possess that one.

To the trap overnight were plenty of moths, again mostly represented by singletons. Two great garden macros were Blue-bordered Carpet and Bordered White, both uncommon here.

There were also two Coleophora photographed and retained.

The nights are hopefully getting warmer with the days also gradually becoming milder and sunnier. 

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 307 species
16/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Blue-bordered Carpet 1 [NFY]
Bordered White 1 [NFY]
Red-tipped Clearwing 1 [NEW] (To VES Lure)
Riband Wave 2 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff Ermine 1
Cinnabar 1
Common Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Club 3
Heart & Dart 3
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Light Arches 1
Poplar Grey 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Snout 1
Swallow Prominent 2
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 3
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths 

Crambus pascuella 2 [NFY]
Eucosma cana 1 [NFY]

Chrysoteuchia culmella 2
Coleophora sp 1
Coleophora sp 2
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Aleimma loeflingiana 1
Aphomia sociella 4
Anania hortulata 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 2
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Grapholita funebrana 2 (To FUN Lure)
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Notocelia trimaculana 2
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1
Pyrausta aurata 3
Scythropia crataegella 3
Tortrix viridana 1

Blue-bordered Carpet

Bordered White

Coleophora sp

Coleophora sp

Crambus pascuella

Eucosma cana

Red-tipped Clearwing

Riband Wave


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