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 29 October 2021

Latest from the moth trap - 28/10/21 - Fordham Garden

As October draws to a close, moths are still very much on the wing, albeit in vastly reduced numbers now. The warm wind doth blow, but it's strength has been the issue.
This morning there were only 10 moths in and around the trap, being off work today and whilst photographing some of last night's specimens I had a scour around the fence panels and added a couple more.
A tentative small Epirrita species with a slight hunch to it's shoulder's was retained and dissected, to then realise that it's a Female (Graeme, GRAEME I NEED HELP!) i'll be sending it to Graeme Smith next week. 
Sprawler was new for the garden, found 5 feet away from the trap on the lawn, then a second one was found on the house wall. 
Large Wainscots have been abundant here with easily 100 recorded over the last two months, and still they come, a large Female last night.
And a cracking form of Beaded Chestnut was great to see, almost reminiscent of the colour of Flounced Chestnut.

Moth garden list stands at 216 species.

28/10/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Sprawler 2 [NFG]
Beaded Chestnut 2
Feathered Thorn 1
Green-brindled Crescent 1
Large Wainscot 1
November Moth sp 1 [TBC]
Red-green Carpet 1

Micro Moths 
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Beaded Chestnut

A Bead of water on a Beaded Chestnut

Beaded Chestnut

Epirrita sp


Large Wainscot


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