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

Sunday 24 April 2022

Breezy but not too bad after all

A warm and windy day, followed by a cool and gusty night wsn't the perfect recipe for a good catch, but I was surprised that I broke double-figures.
Best moths were two Frosted Green, a great moth with only 20 records for Cambridgeshire in total since 1859, to get two was very pleasing.
Frosted Green used to be a regular moth for me in Herts in my garden and out in woodland, but far more good stands of mature Oaks there so it seems.
The second new for garden species was a mint (and rather large) Cnephasia species. The moth has been retained to check to species level.
Other good moths were a second Powdered Quaker and the 2nd & 3rd Muslin Moths of the year.

Colder now for at least a week so I may have a break.
Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 86 species

23/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Frosted Green 2 [NFG]
Brindled Beauty 2
Common Quaker 4
Double-striped Pug 1
Hebrew Character 2
Muslin Moth 2
Powdered Quaker 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Micro Moths
Cnephasia sp 1 [NFG]
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Frosted Green

Cnephasia sp


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