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

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Still clear, breezy and with full moon gloom

Still not great out there for mid-June sadly. Surveys are still on hold awaiting milder cloudier nights which seem rare and nearly absent this past week.
Last night it was clear, breezy and the enemy was in the sky all night only setting in the early hours.
Still there were moths to be found, and the micros stole the show last night. Although the pretty Barred Yellow was a rather dazzling find on a chilly Tuesday morning. 10c feels cold to me, maybe i'm going soft in my old age.
Best moth of the night was Phtheochroa sodaliana, a garden tick and the 821st species recorded here in just under 3 years.
Unbelievably Udea olivalis was also new for the garden. A very common moth in my old garden in Hertfordshire. 

Come on night time temperatures and cloud!
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 313 species
17/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Barred Straw 1
Heart & Club 5
Heart & Dart 3
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Marbled Minor 3
Nutmeg 1
Poplar Grey 1
Red-tipped Clearwing 1 (To VES lure)
Small Dusty Wave 1
White-point 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths 

Archips xylosteana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]
Phtheochroa sodaliana 1 [NFG]
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFY]
Udea olivalis 1 [NFG]
Aphomia sociella 5
Argyresthia cupressella 1
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella 21st
Crambus pascuella 1
Grapholita funebrana 7 (To FUN Lure)
Grapholita lobarzewskii 1
Ectoedemia louisella/sericopoza 1
Lyonetia clerkella 2
Nemapogon granella 3

Archips xylosteana

Barred Yellow

Pandemis cerasana

Phtheochroa sodaliana

Spilonota ocellana


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