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 16 March 2022

Latest from the home & work trap

Another pretty pleasing catch last night at home, although works trap was a little lower than expected.
As I did my last garden sweep at 9pm before heading to bed, I noticed a reddish moth walking (and flying) up the side gate, quickly potted it was a really nicely marked Red Chestnut, a new moth for the garden and one that eluded me for 9 years in my old garden in Herts, result!
A rather pale almost 'Wainscot' looking Small Quaker was also potted up.
The most numerous moth was Early Grey, with 8 recorded (And owing to the large Honeysuckle at the back of next door but 1's garden). 
At work there was a smattering of the usual fare, but nice to see some variety, with Diurnea fagella and Mompha subbistrigella present.

From about 1pm, it hasn't stopped raining, and only as I type the rain is easing up. There is also a frost forecast early morning unbelievably, so there is no trapping efforts tonight!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 31 species

15/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Red Chestnut 1 [NFG]
Common Quaker 6
Clouded Drab 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 8
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 2
Small Quaker 1
Micro Moths
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1 

15/03/22 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Hertfordshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Commmon Quaker 1
Early Grey 2
Hebrew Character 1
Micro Moths
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Mompha subbistrigella 1

Diurnea fagella

Mompha subbistrigella

Red Chestnut

Small Quaker

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