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

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Sunday 26 December 2021

Garden Trapping - 23/12/21 - Merry Christmas all

Well I hope you all had a lovely couple of days over the festive period.
Still trapping here, as it's been so mild and even at night for this time of year! As I type this post up, this won't be the last trapping effort for 2021 as next week is going to be positively warm at 15 degrees and with night time minimums of 10 degrees, insane!

I haven't had time to run the trap over the two festive days but it was worth sticking out on the 23rd.
I was rewarded with 3 species of Noctuid, the last time I saw a Noctuid moth was the 13th of December, the garden first Black-spotted Chestnut, in fact one of the 3 I trapped on Thursday night was my second garden record of that species.
Joined by one of my faves, a Dark Chestnut and my latest ever Lesser Yellow Underwing was a nice surprise!

6 of 5 was very pleasing.
Fordham, East Cambridgeshire to Actinic light.
Moth garden list stands at 220 species 

23rd December 2021
Black-spotted Chestnut 1
Dark Chestnut 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Winter Moth 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Black-spotted Chestnut

Dark Chestnut

Epiphyas postvittana

Lesser Yellow Underwing



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