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 19 June 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap

Another clear night last night, with that bright moon and temperatures dropping to 10c, it felt chilly once more.
Absolutely pitiful moth numbers for the time of the year, but the species still continue to appear here, with a further 6 new species added to the year list, and some real crackers too.
Best was probably a lovely dark female Schoenobius gigantella, an absolutely huge micro dwarfing even some of the macros.
Other good garden ticks were Cypress Carpet & Small Rivulet, both not common here.

The trap remains on most nights, but I may switch off early tonight as it's supposed to get even colder sadly. We'll see.
The glimmer of warmer nights is nearly upon us though.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 319 species
18/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Cypress Carpet 1 [NFY]
Grey Pug 1 [NFY]
Small Rivulet 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Broad-barred White 1
Dark Arches 1
Green Pug 3
Heart & Club 7
Heart & Dart 5
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Marbled Minor 2
Nutmeg 1
Poplar Grey 1
Privet Hawk-moth 1
Riband Wave 1
Shears 1
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 3

Micro Moths 

Ancylis achatana 1 [NFY]
Euzophera pinguis 1 [NFY]
Schoenobius gigantella 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 2
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 3
Cochylichroa atricapitana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Scythropia crataegella 3
Tortrix viridana 1

Ancylis achatana

Cypress Carpet

Euzophera pinguis

Grey Pug

Schoenobius gigantella

Small Rivulet


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