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 3 July 2024

Latest from the home trap

A welcome night off last Friday, as it was a bit cool and breezy and I needed to recharge ready for a trip to Wicken Fen on Saturday night!
Upon returning from Wicken at gone 3am and frazzled, I decided to pack my garden trap up as it would be getting light in less than an hour anyway!
I probably a missed a few in the evening as I was out, but there were around 50 species noted.
Best moth of the night was a new garden macro, a fantastic pink-blushed Lilac Beauty, what a moth. Sort of half carpet-half thorn. They are tricky to get a photo of due to their odd posture. There were just 5 records last year in the county of Cambridgeshire, so it's not a common moth.
Other good moths were all micros, including mint examples of Epiblema foenella, Gypsonoma aceriana, Schoenobius gigantella &Yponomeuta rorrella.
As is the case this time of year, i've only listed the new species for the year.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 422 species
29/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Lilac Beauty 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Epiblema foenella 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma aceriana 1 [NFY]
Limnaecia phragmitella 1 [NFY]
Vitula biviella 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta rorrella [NFY]

Epiblema foenella

Gypsonoma aceriana

Lilac Beauty

Limnaecia phragmitella

Phycitodes binaevella and phycitodes maritima/saxicola

Schoenobius gigantella

Vitula biviella

Yponomeuta rorrella


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