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

Thursday 13 June 2024

Lures & Pugs

Some great lure success yesterday to the bucket traps. 7 moths of 4 species after 7pm was rather special. 

The temperature rose as the evening went on. Psychoides verhuella was new for the garden & the 3rd for Cambs, and Nemapogon koenigi was new for the year.

The overnight trap yielded a further 26 species bringing the total to 30, not too bad given how bloody awful it's been of late.

Of note was a worn green-tinged Pug that looked different to the usual Green Pugs i've been getting, indeed.. asking around for opinions it is indeed different, a garden first Sloe Pug!

I've taken this species before, but in much better condition. My last record was in June last year in the far east of the county.
A rather jazzy looking Foxglove Pug was also nice. I've never seen one before with such a reduced band on its wing, I did a search around but it can only be this species.
Another species of Pug was potted up before bedtime, a year first Wormwood Pug. 
Still waiting for a decent night to continue my site surveys!
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 294 species
12/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Sloe Pug 1 [NFY]
Wormwood Pug 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Foxglove Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 2
Marbled Minor 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 1
Silver Y 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Mompha ochraceella 1 [NFY]
Nemapogon koenigi 1 [NFY] - To HYL Lure
Psychoides verhuella 1 [NFG] - To SAL Lure
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]
Anania hortulata 1
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 4 - To FUN Lure
Grapholita tenebrosana 1 - To FUN Lure
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Monopis crocicapitella 2
Nemapogon cloacella 1
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1

Foxglove Pug - most odd

Grapholita tenebrosana

Green Pug

Mompha ochraceella

Nemapogon cloacella

Nemapogon koenigi

Psychoides verhuella

Scythropia crataegella

Sloe Pug

Wormwood Pug

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