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

Wednesday 2 March 2022

Latest from the garden moth trap

The last two night's have been mild and calm enough to pop the trap back on.
With minimums of 7 degrees and light winds it seemed worthwhile, and indeed it was.
The rain didn't seem to put the moths off too much, and on Monday night I recorded 9 moths of 5 species.
That number was eclipsed this morning with 13 of 6, including 3 year-lister species.

The two new macro moths for the year were Clouded Drab & Hebrew Character, both lovely a fresh and great to see even in the damp and gloominess. 
Agonopterix alstromeriana are booming here, with 5 on Monday night, and 8 last night!

Spring is coming. I'm looking forward to the clocks going forward now.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 22 species

28/02/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Common Quaker 1
March Moth 1

Micro Moths
Agonopterix alstromeriana 5 
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1

01/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clouded Drab 1 [NFY]
Hebrew Character 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 1

Micro Moths
Tortricodes alternella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 8
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Clouded Drab

Hebrew Character

Tortricodes alternella


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