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 23 April 2022

Everything came in 1 by 1!

A cool breeze doth blow, and the mothing is rather pants to say the least.
Well, I say pants... I mean it is on the numbers front, with just 9 moths of 9 species, yes one of each!

Highlights were two new for year species, Brimstone Moth & Spectacle.

A second Pinion-spotted Pug (Checked against my previous photo) 

But the best, a probable Ocnerostoma friesei. There is just one previous county record and last seen in 1960! Specimen retained for dissection to seperate from piniariella, but early date points to friesei, including dark grey 'un-banded' antennae.

Still windy, but a bit warmer today at least.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 84 species

22/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Brimstone Moth 1 [NFY]
Spectacle 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 1
Common Quaker 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Least Black Arches 1
Pinion-spotted Pug 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

Micro Moths
Ocnerostoma sp 1 [NFG]

Ocnerostoma sp

Brimstone Moth

Pinion-spotted Pug specimen comparison

Pinion-spotted Pug number 2!

Shuttle-shaped Dart


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