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 2 January 2022

First moths flying in for 2022

The anticipation was killing me yesterday evening, as the light started to fade, I wondered what might be attracted to the trap through the evening and come the morning, if anything!
Luckily I had 4 species turn up before I turned in at midnight, by this morning there were 11 moths of 6 species, my highest count ever for the first night of a new year! Well it was a minimum of 11 degrees and the breeze did ease.
A smattering of migration also, with a rather tatty and battered Plutella xylostella sitting on the rain guard.
Lets hope it's a sign of things to come.

Happy New Year and enjoy the moths.

Moth garden list stands at 6 species.

01/01/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Dark Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Mottled Umber 3 [NFY]
Winter Moth 4 [NFY]

Micro Moths 
Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1 [NFY]
Plutella xylostella 1 [NFY]

Acleris schalleriana

Dark Chestnut

Epiphyas postvittana

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umbers

Plutella xylostella

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