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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 8 September 2021

A duo of super garden catches - Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 03/09/21 & 04/09/21

A duo of recent garden catches, as I slip behind a bit! Tiredness has kicked in lately, with so much going on and I also stupidly went out on a field trip last night locally (But was in before midnight) more on that soon.
Where do I start with the garden... it really does just keep on giving, despite it now being September i'm catching species that should be nearly over or finished.
Both last Friday and Satrday night weather around the same minimum temperature of around 12 degrees, jut about warm enough for some good moth activity. Saturday night saw an increase of species and numbers, with 150 of 52 species, as the wind had dropped away nicely.
Oddly two male Cacoecimorpha pronubana turned up on Saturday night, and on Tuesday just gone, two females turned up!

Macro highlight was the lovely chunky Webb's Wainscot, and micro highlight was Pyrausta despicata.
Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 119 species.

03/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Centre-barred Sallow 2 [NFG]
Straw Dot 3 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Lyonetia clerkella 1 [NFG]
Pyralis farinalis 1 [NFG]

04/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Dingy Footman 1 [NFG]
Tawny-barred Angle 1 [NFG]
Webb's Wainscot 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Alucita hexdactyla 1 [NFG]
Bucculatrix bechsteinella 2 [NFG]
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 2 [NFG]
Ectoedemia decentella 2 [NFG]
Pyrausta despicata 1 [NFG]
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFG]

Centre-barred Sallow

Pyralis farinalis

Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Ectoedemia decentella

Pyrausta despicata

Udea ferrugalis

Webb's Wainscot

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