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

Friday 29 July 2022

Clear (wing) success!

Since the 23rd of July I have deployed 7 Clearwing lures in my garden, plus a Prays oleae one.
On that first day I had 3 species turn up to 2 different lures, which was very pleasing indeed.

Below are my findings so far, and the relevant lure used and what was attracted to it.
Unfortunately my Red-belted Clearwing had persished by the time I got to it, another tonight however flew out before I could pot it.
The Raspberry Clearwings are all coming after 6pm, up until 8pm! 
I've probably missed the boat a bit with other potential species, so will give them a few more weeks and then freeze them ready for next year. 
Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 570 species

23/07/22 - HYL - Raspberry Clearwing x1
23/07/22   RAY - Grapholita funebrana x1
                             Epiblema scutulana x1
24/07/22 - AND - Raspberry Clearwing x1
24/07/22 - MYO - Red-belted Clearwing x1
26/07/22 - HYL - Raspberry Clearwing x1
27/07/22 - HYL - Raspberry Clearwing x1
28/07/22 - HYL - Raspberry Clearwing x2
                  RAY - Grapholita funebrana x1
29/07/22 - MYO - Red-belted Clearwing x1

Clearwing lures coutesy of Jon Clifton

Epiblema scutulana

Raspberry Clearwing

Raspberry Clearwing

Raspberry Clearwings

Red-belted Clearwing

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