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

Saturday 8 June 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap

Still ticking along in the garden rather nicely with a similar (to yesterday night's catch) of 33 species.

The most interesting bit was that nearly all were different moths, despite releasing all of the previous nights moths in the front garden, there were maybe 1 or 2 that returned.
Some great highlights, a Varied Coronet was my favourite, i'm lucky that I get all of the Coronets here in my garden, with the Coronet the commonest, then Varied and the rarest being Marbled with just 2 garden records.
A worn Heart & Club was also new for the year, these can be told apart from the front between Heart & Dart and the Turnip Moth as they have different shaped heads.
The big one turned up also, the grey and pink vulcan bomber of the moth world, a large female Privet Hawk-moth was a lovely surprise and much to the delight of my little boy.
A very pleasing night indeed considering it was clear skies all night and down to 9c.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 281 species
07/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Heart & Club 1 [NFY]
Privet Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Varied Coronet 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 2
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 1
Dark Arches 3
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 3
Heart & Dart 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Light Brocade 3
Marbled Minor 3
Mottled Rustic 1
Poplar Kitten 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shark 1
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 1
Celypha striana 1
Cnephasia sp 1
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Grapholita tenebrosana 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Neocochylis molliculana 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1
Tortrix viridana 2

Heart & Club

Privet Hawk-moth

Privet Hawk-moth

Varied Coronet


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