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 26 March 2022

Latest from the moth trap

There were 32 moths of 8 species here last night in my chilly actinic trap. The temperature slid away fairly rapidly after dusk, after being a really warm and beautiful March day.
The most numerous were 14 Clouded Drabs, probably the most i've ever recorded in one sitting in a garden trap.
The highlight was well before switch on, as the sun slipped behind the horizon, a dark micro moth was flying outside within netting distance, and then the breeeze blew it across next doors garden, drat... but then it came back!
With my net in hand I gave a large sweep, connecting with the parallel washing line at the same time. It was in the bag, and a garden first Pammene giganteana.
I reckon it smelt one of the many lures i'm currently rusing in my garden (Most likely to the FUN).
A great moth to get, as there aren't many Oaks within the vicinity.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 40 species

25/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Clouded Drab 14
Common Quaker 5
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 3
Hebrew Character 2
Small Quaker 4
Twin-spotted Quaker 2
Micro Moths
Pammene giganteanea 1 [NFG] (Netted at dusk)

Double-striped Pug

Pammene giganteana

Twin-spotted Quaker's

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