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

Friday 17 September 2021

Another couple of recent garden catches

Two catches from last weekend and Monday night.

Mild days coupled with mild nights and less wind increased species diversity, but new species for the year slowly tail-off now as expected, but with quality over quantity abound.

Saturday night produced two new species of Carpet & 1 new species of Pug.

Monday night featured the very first Dark Sword-grass and a rather battered Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (Which seems quite late). It just would not sit still.

Micro moths have almost disappeared in numbers also, with just singles of the common species making an appearance.
Below are the new species for the year.

Moth garden list stands at 164 species.

11/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Cypress Pug 2 [NFG]
Grey-pine Carpet 2 [NFG]
Red-green Carpet 1 [NFG]
Single-dotted Wave 1 [NFG]
13/09/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Dark Sword-grass 1 [NFG]
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths
Celypha striana 1 [NFG]

Cypress Pug

Grey-pine Carpet

Red-green Carpet

Single-dotted Wave

Dark Sword-grass

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet


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