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

Sunday 24 October 2021

Latest from the moth trap - 23/10/21 - Fordham Garden

Another very decent catch for the time of year with 36 moths of 19 species to the Actinic box trap. The night started very mild after a fairly warm day peaking at 17 degrees. By this morning it was 8c and still cloudy which helped to obscure the moon.
Two new moths for the garden were recorded, a rather smart Mottled Umber, living upto it's name! And a dissected Pale November Moth (After dissecting one last week for a friend in the same village).

Macro Moths i'm still hoping to see here are as follows (And in rarity order from most expected to least expected). Pink-barred Sallow, Winter Moth, December Moth, Brick, Yellow-line Quaker, Sprawler Scarce Umber, Pale Pinion, Dusky-lemon Sallow, Tawny Pinion, Black-spotted Chestnut, Cypress Carpet.

Moth garden list stands at 214 species.

23/10/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Mottled Umber 1 [NFG]
Pale November Moth 1 [NFG]
Angle Shades 2
Barred Sallow 1
Beaded Chestnut 4
Black Rustic 1
Feathered Thorn 1
Juniper Carpet 1
Green-brindled Crescent 2
Large Wainscot 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Merveille du Jour 1
November Moth 6
Red-green Carpet 3
Setaceous Hebrew Character 3

Micro Moths 
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Cydlima perspectalis 1
Emmelina monodatyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Beaded Chestnut

Beaded Chestnuts

Mottled Umber

Pale November Moth


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