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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Monday 21 March 2022

Daytime success with the lure

I popped the Emperor Moth lure out in the garden today at lunchtime (which I had recently re-purchased), on the slim chance that I would be able to attract one in the hazy sunshine.
The weather has peaked at 15 degrees today and with light winds, conditions look favourable.

At 2pm whilst having a cup of tea, I saw some movement around the lure, and there it was, my very first garden Emperor Moth, fresh as a button.
Another 10 minutes passed, and another flew across the garden, but it didn't stop to investigate the artifical whiff (Some do this and others just will not leave the scent alone).
The lure has now been given to a friend to try in his garden.

Another moth that caught my eye this afternoon, was a tiny micro moth crawling up the french door, quickly potted up it appeared to be a fairly non-descript moth.
A quick look on the internet refreshed my memory of a dark morph or Lyonetia clerkella, a colour form I have never seen before, so a great result.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 35 species

21/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Daytime
Macro Moths

Emperor Moth 2 (to EMP at 2pm & 2:10pm) [NFG]

Micro Moths

Lyonetia clerkella 1 [NFY]

Emperor Moth

Lyonetia clerkella

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