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 26 May 2022

Catches stall a bit as the weather tests us

The weather has been up and down this week so far, day-time temperatures not very impressive, night times clear and cool, and now today, after 21 degrees, the wind has picked up!
I tried last night and was pleased to jot down 25 species, a little lower than last weeks catches. 

Highlights were a Flame Carpet, Eucosma cana and a really unusual grey form of Garden Carpet.

I will continue to pop the trap out as and when the temperatures are warm enough just to see whats emerging now.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 251 species

25/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Flame Carpet 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Buttoned Snout 1
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 3
Common Wainscot 1
Cornet 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Large Nutmeg 2
Light Emerald 1
Lychnis 1
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Pale Tussock 1
Poplar Kitten 1
Silver Y 1
Snout 1
White Ermine 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths
Eucosma cana 1 [NFG]
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Hedya nubiferana 1
Notocelia trimaculana 1
Eucosma cana

Flame Carpet

Garden Carpet


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