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 29 September 2021

A cold, wet and windy...Migrant night!

Well it really didn't look like very good conditions at all last night, but still 32 brave moths were attracted to the Actinic trap. Species numbers slumped to 13.
I've been struggling with ill health currently, and just about managed to get to the trap this morning before any birds noticed the moths. I couldn't believe my blurry eyes, Strategic bomber with fighter escort on the side of the house. convolvuli & kadenii!
The weather was horrendous, wet and with a strong cold wind and minimum of 8 degrees, I'm glad I bothered.
Clancy's is the 4th or 5th record for Cambridgeshire after 3 last year.

Spin back two nights and on the 26th I recorded a nice fresh pair of Shuttle-shaped Darts and a nice orange Beaded Chestnut. Blair's Shoulder-knot was new for the year.
A late Agriphila geniculea was also noted.

Last night I also added Feathered Thorn and Green-brindled Crescent to the year list.

Moth garden list stands at 197 species.

26/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths 
Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 [NFG]
28/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clancy's Rustic 1 [NFG]
Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 [NFG]
Feathered Thorn 1 [NFG]
Green-brindled Crescent 1 [NFG]

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Clancy's Rustic

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Shuttle-shaped Dart's

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