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 11 October 2021

9 of 6 & 6 at 6

That was last nights figures, 9 moths of 6 species, with the temperature 6 degrees at 6am! 
Man it was chilly this morning, and my first day back to work which I was looking forward to, after being off a fortnight. Needless to say it's good to be back in the swing of routine and feeling healthier at the same time.

My 9th Blue Underwing was recorded along with a handful of Autumn moths, but there on the patio and then flying onto the window (After nearly treading on it) was a new moth for my records, and nudging me ever closer to the 1700 species mark, a flipping Pale-lemon Sallow!
This is a Nationally Scarce A species and feeds from Poplar trees. 
A species of Noctuid that I pursued for over a decade in Hertfordshire, on various organised and private trips to areas with Black Poplar trees, fruitless trips usually on cool nights that resulted in maximum effort, but minimum results.
To then flick a switch on and attract one in my new garden is unbelievable.
I know they have been recorded in this area before, but I never expected to see one in my first year of trapping here, very chuffed!

Moth garden list stands at 206 species.
Pale-lemon Sallow

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