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

Friday 18 March 2022

Tatty but welcome all the same

Another mild day for mid-March, with highs of 15 degrees by 3pm, the temperature though was set to drop like a stone, and that it did!
By sun up it was a mere 1c and there was ice on the front windscreen of my car, this didn't bode well for seeing if I had actually caught anything at all.

Amazingly there were 18 moths, most of them in the confines of the trap.

Two species stood out, one was a beautifully fresh Pale Pinion and the other was a Drab of somekind, which looked good (shape-wise) for Lead-coloured.
So I took them to work, and in better light and checking the antennae, it was indeed a small male of Lead-coloured Drab, albeit quite battered and bruised.
Always, and I mean always retain something you aren't sure about, to look at better later in daylight. This pays itself in dividends to secure that vital identification.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 33 species

17/03/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Lead-coloured Drab 1 [NFG]
Pale Pinion 1 [NFG]
Common Quaker 4
Clouded Drab 1
Early Grey 1
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 3
Oak Beauty 2
Micro Moths
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 3
Lead-coloured Drab

Pale Pinion


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