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

Sunday 31 July 2022

Latest from the garden actinic trap

On Wednesday I ran the trap and recorded a fairly modest 33 species of moth, the following night it was pretty dismal with less than half of that number, just 15 species..but it was just 8c, cool and clear and very non-mothy.
Best moths were 2 new for year species, and one new for the garden.
Lesser Common Rustic was the newest addition and moth no.645 for the garden, a quick dissection and using the fantastic entry level guide ''British and Irish Moths: An Illustrated Guide to Selected Difficult Species''. 
Things have started to pick up once again, and I did a full species count on Friday night, before subsequently contracting covid from my wife this morning!
I had a fair few symptoms yesterday so it was to be expected I guess.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 573 species

27/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Flounced Rustic 1 [NFY]
Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Agriphila geniculea 1 [NFY]

Agriphila geniculea

Argyresthia goedartella

Flounced Rustic

Lesser Common Rustic

White-line Dart

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