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

Saturday 29 January 2022

Latest from the garden trap

Well I must say i've not bothered running my trap much recently, and it's allowed me to prep for the upcoming busy season, finish records, seperate outstanding genitalia dissections and sort photos.

Last night the temperature looked rather good, a winter oddity with temperatures around 6 degrees at sunset, rising to 11 degrees by dawn.
Unfortunately it was windy and when I went out to the trap this morning, hopes weren't high. In fact I found nothing in the trap, nothing on the fences or on the house wall, hmm.
Later however I was looking up at our guttering and noticed a moth on the bedroom window. Luckily our windows open upwards and I was able to pot up a year first Black-spotted Chestnut!

The next few nights look a bit rocky, and it seems that there might be a good spell midweek.

Moth garden list stands at 9 species

28/01/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Black-spotted Chestnut 1 [NFY]

Black-spotted Chestnut

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