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

Thursday 7 April 2022

Struck down by Norovirus

Well, that put a spring in my step to an abrupt halt!
Sunday my boy was really ill, followed by my wife on Tuesday afternoon and then I finally got the dreaded stomach bug Tuesday night, so i've been out of action and unable to even look at my phone for a few days and i've felt so tired and dizzy, getting there though now.

Jut a couple of brief highlights, at work on Tuesday I potted 3 Gracillaria syringella on my lunch break, in the same spot I saw them last year would you believe.
Here is one that managed to co-operate for a photo.

Also from the 4th of April, amongst just 8 measly moths was a nice fresh Nut-tree Tussock.
I also ran my trap at work, and attracted a similar number, with a different mix of species.

That's all for now, need more sleep!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 47 species

04/04/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Nut-tree Tussock 1 [NFG]
Clouded Drab 2
Common Quaker 2
Early Grey 1
Small Quaker 2 

04/04/22 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Hertfordshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Commmon Quaker 2
Double-striped Pug 3
Early Thorn 3
Hebrew Character 1
Red-green Carpet 1
Small Quaker 1
Micro Moths
Emmelina monodactyla 6
Gracillaria syringella 3 (Daytime)
Gracillaria syringella

Nut-tree Tussock

Nut-tree Tussock

Work, where Gracillaria syringella reside..


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