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 10 July 2022

Tawny Wave!

Wow, what a moth! A first for me in my garden trap on Wednesday night amongst an average catch of 52 species, over 2/3rds of which were micros! with over 50 Yponomeuta and 30 Eudonias.
Back to the Wave, and it's not really tawny at all, it's flushed with bright pink and certainly lives beyond it's assigned name on it's smashing appearance.
It was also great to see Marbled Beauty and two White-line Darts, both very different forms as well.
The White-line Dart is a moth i've only ever seen in Essex, on the coast. It has a really odd distribution, primarily coastal, but with pockets of colonies inland, for example the Sandy area in Bedfordshire, and seemingly here in East Cambs. 

Two new for garden micros were picked out of the many 10's that turned up, they were Rhyacionia buoliana & Udea prunalis, both rather worn sadly.

Only new for year/garden & notable records listed below.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 477 species

06/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Marbled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Tawny Wave 1 [NFG]
White-line Dart 2 [NFG] 

Micro Moths

Rhyacionia buoliana 1 [NFG]
Udea prunalis 1 [NFG]

Cloaked Minor

Marbled Beauty

Rhyacionia buoliana

Tawny Wave

Udea prunalis

White-line Dart

White-line Dart


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