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

Monday 30 August 2021

Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 28/08/21

The second night running the trap in our new garden and it was still a very good catch and also quite a cold one with temperatures under clear skies falling away to 9c, it was cloudy by the morning and there were a further 13 new species added to the garden tally.

Best was a lovely fresh Lychnis and a Monochroa species to check.

Below is last night's list

Moth garden list stands at 46 species

28/08/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Chinese Character 1
Common Wainscot 2
Copper Underwing 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Flounced Rustic 24
Green Carpet 2
Grey Dagger 2
Large Yellow Underwing 8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
Light Emerald 1
Lychnis 1
Orange Swift 4
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Silver Y 1
Smoky Wainscot 6
Square-spot Rustic 1
Straw Underwing 4
Turnip Moth 3
Vine's Rustic 8
White point 7
Willow Beauty 1
Micro Moths

Bryotropha domestica 2
Catoptria faslella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epermenia chaero 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Monochroa sp 1 (TBC)

Pale Mottled Willow

Monochroa sp


Light Emerald

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