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 26 June 2024

A vast improvement once more

Around 70 species of a 100 or so moths were seen on Sunday night. No time to fully count everything as it's just too tiring, what with a manual labour job the next day!
20 moths were new for the year list, an incredible number.
And there were some real treats in the list such as Ruddy Carpet, Marbled Clover and the stunning Swallow-tailed Moth.
Top micros included Ethmia quadrillella & Coleophora albitarsella.
It's been very challenging potting up the moths during this warm spell, then the photographing can be an absolute nightmare with the heat, coupled with the bad light (my camera hates bright sunny conditions).
Still a few more good nights to come, another late night and early rise coming up! zzzz 
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 365 species
23/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Common Emerald 1 [NFY]
Dwarf Cream Wave 1 [NFY]
Dusky Clearwing 1 [NFY] - (To TAB Lure)
Marbled Clover 1 [NFY]
Mottled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Ruddy Carpet 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Swallow-tailed Moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths 

Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFY]
Borkhausenia fuscescens 1 [NFY]
Coleophora albitarsella 1 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 1 [NFY]
Delplanqueia dilutella/inscriptella 2 [NFY]
Ethmia quadrillella 1 [NFY]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFY]
Hypsopygia costalis 1 [NFY]
Lozotaeniodes formosana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis heparana 1 [NFY]
Phycitodes binaevella 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes vulgella 1 [NFY]

Acrobasis advenella

Borkhausenia fuscescens

Coleophora albitarsella

Delplanqueia dilutella/inscriptella

Ethmia quadrillella

Galleria mellonella

Marbled Clover

Ruddy Carpet

Scalloped Oak


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