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

Monday 14 March 2022

Dotted & Double

Another mild day at 13 degrees, prompted a few more moths to take to the wing, although it was cloudy at dusk, this quickly vanished an hour after and the temperature slid away under starry skies.
In fact it was cold enough for a frost at work! I narrowly escaped the ice scraper at home, with a minimum of 3 degrees.
With little wind and high daytime temperatures, it is always worth lighing up for fresh emergences.

Indeed it worked, with 2 new species for the year. The Dotted Chestnut was great to get and moth no.236 for the garden.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 30 species

13/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Dotted Chestnut 1 [NFG]
Double-striped Pug 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 8
Early Grey 4
Oak Beauty 2
Small Quaker 2
Twin-spotted Quaker 1
Micro Moths 
Emmelina monodactyla 4

Dotted Chestnut

Double-striped Pug

Evening sky looking North towards the church (bottom left)

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