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

Sunday 7 July 2024

Catch-up during the moth drought

This quiet spell is allowing me to catch up, there aren't many moths to photograph or sort in the morning, just 12 moths this morning as an example of how bad it is out there.

On the 3rd a year first Southern Wainscot was nice to see, amongst 25 species.

On the 4th, again 20 odd species with two pretty ones turning up, best was a garden first Green Silver-lines! I got the Scarce Silver-lines two years ago! White Satin was the second one, such a lovely moth. 
During the daytime a Nemapogon ruricolella was found in the VES pheromone lure trap, the first this year, unfortunately it got stuck between the glass tube and the rubber bung and so died, I had to photograph what was left of it.

The trap was switched off a few nights early as it was either too cold, or belting down.

A nicely coloured Dun-bar was found on Friday night and worthy of a photo, and just today another moth in one of the lure bucket traps, this time to the SAL lure (intended for the Sallow Clearwing moth) a worn out Psychoides filicivora, at least it was a year tick.
The year list has really ground to a halt with this never-ending bad weather.

Not sure whether to trap tonight or not yet, we've just had a large thundery downpour, sigh.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 435 species
03/07/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths 

Southern Wainscot 1 [NFY]


04/07/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Green Silver-lines 1 [NFG]
White Satin 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Nemapogon ruricolella 1 [NFY]
- (To VES Lure)


07/07/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Micro Moths

Psychoides filicivora 1 [NFY] - (To SAL Lure)

Southern Wainscot


Green Silver-lines

Nemapogon ruricolella

White Satin

Psychoides filicivora


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