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 7 May 2022

Popular Poplar's!

There wasn't much to report on Wednesday night, with temperatures dipping to 7c and clear skies, the catch reflected this, with just 12 moths of 8 species, the best a fresh Pale Prominent.

The night after on Thursday was much milder, not dropping below 10 degrees in the village (But cooler out at Chippenham by several degrees). This was evident in the improved catch of 39 moths of 23 species.
Highlights were another Pinion-spotted Pug (That's 4 now), 4 examples of the Nationally Scarce B Platyedra subcinera, of which i've had at least 20 of now this year. 
And three Poplar species, Hawk-moth, Kitten and Grey.

All in all, it's starting to (dare I say it) busier than of past lull weeks and we could see upwards of a possible 200 species on the wing nationally on one night next week.
Below are my lists from Wednesday & Thursday night.

Happy mothing.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 145 species

04/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Pale Prominent 1 [NFG]
Garden Carpet 1
Muslin Moth 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow-barred Brindle 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
05/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Alder Moth 2 [NFG]
Iron Prominent 1 [NFG]
Poplar Grey 1 [NFY]
Poplar Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Brindled Pug 1
Common Pug 1
Currant Pug 2
Double-striped Pug 2
Garden Carpet 2
Muslin Moth 1
Pinion-spotted Pug 1
Poplar Kitten 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5

Micro Moths

Alucita hexadactyla 2
Bryotropha affinis 2
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Epinotia immundana 1
Evergestis forficalis 1
Platyedra subcinera 4
Alder Moth

Currant Pug

Iron Prominent

Pale Prominent

Poplar Grey

Poplar Hawk-moth

Ruby Tiger

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