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

Friday 7 June 2024

A very pleasing night

A better night here, but still a bit cool and clear, but it was lovely and calm and the moths seemed to like it also.
Plenty of species and some cracking moths.
Pick for me was a belting V-Moth. I get these annually here but always in small numbers, a really unusual moth.
Luquetia lobella was also a fave, a really funny looking micro moth, like no other species and they are very twitchy and rather than fly away, they dart around intially, very obscure!
A nice pink-flushed Ephestia species was also rather nice.
Still the weather continues to be a bit iffy, not all bad, just not 100% great. But then we do live in England, where you have to do things around the weather and try and not let it dictate.
Happy mothing!

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 278 species
06/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Footman 1 [NFY]
Light Arches 1 [NFY]
V-moth 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 2
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 2
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 2
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lime-speck Pug 1
Marbled Minor 1
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
White-point 2
Willow Beauty 3

Micro Moths

Elachista stabilella 1 [NFY]
Luquetia lobella 1 [NFY]
Anania hortulata 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 5
Coleophora alcyonipennella/frischella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Hedya nubiferana 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 2
Mompha subbistrigella 2
Phtheochroa rugosana 1
Plutella xylostella 1

Common Footman

Elachista stabilella

Ephestia sp

Homoeosoma sinuella

Light Arches

Luquetia lobella



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