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

Thursday 2 September 2021

Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 30/08/21

A much reduced catch of around 80 moths of 31 species on Monday night, but a further 6 species were added to the garden list despite temperatures dropping to 10 degrees, and feeling rather fresh in that cool North-easterly breeze.

Highlight of the night was a beautifully marked Garden Dart, with it's slender appearance and 'over-sized' antennae. This isn't a common moth for me, and only my 5th in 16 years.

The weather is apparently set to go warm, hot even. This is it, this is the last push for a good catch!

Moth garden list stands at 74 species.

Only new for year species listed below.

30/08/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Garden Dart 1 [NFG]
Mouse Moth 2 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Aethes smeathmanniana 1 [NFG]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 [NFG]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFG] 
Plutella xylostella 1 [NFG]
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFG]

Aethes smeathmanniana

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Garden Dart

Mouse Moth

Pleuroptya ruralis

Plutella xylostella

Scythropia crataegella

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