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

Tuesday 14 December 2021

A new Macro Moth!

And surely the last new species to grace my trap in 2021...
A (sort of) expected Black-spotted Chestnut in the trap this morning, a species I was hoping to see at some point having missed out in my old Hertfordshire haunt, I know they have been recorded here in my bvillage last year by Leslie Gardiner (And funnily enough his son trapped one last night as well)

My specimen came in unusually before midnight, way before, at 7:30pm.
It is my 577th Macro Moth species recorded here in the UK since 2006. 
There are currently 882 species on the checklist, so still 305 to see! (Although probably only 250 of them are attainable by travelling around the Country.

Below are a few of my recent catches, I haven't ran my trap much in December this year.
Fordham, East Cambridgeshire to Actinic light.
Moth garden list stands at 220 species

10th December 2021

3x Winter Moth

11th December 2021
2x December Moth
1x Winter Moth
3x Epiphyas postvittana

12th December 2021
3x December Moth
15x Winter Moth
2x Epiphyas postvittana
13th December 2021
1x Black-spotted Chestnut [NEW!]
1x December Moth   
Black-spotted Chestnut


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