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 20 August 2022

Garden Mothing - 15th August 2022

52 species were recorded last Monday night, a great amount for any garden at this time of year.
August for me is always a bit of a lull period (Much like the week or so between Spring & Summer) nothing much happens and you get a few weeks of the same species on numerous occasions, of course with the odd interesting moth!
Monday night was no different, a huge amount of Vine's Rustics, Common Wainscots and Flounced Rustics, all numbering into the 30's, and of course the most talked about Gelechiidae currently, Scrobipalpa ocellatella, of which there were 92 in and around the trap). 
The best moth of the night was a stunning Pyrausta purpuralis, the 658th species for the garden. I've since trapped another towards the end of last week, despicata has now increased, and i'm still getting the odd aurata. 
Other great moths included Frosted Orange and a superb form of Acleris rhombana. 
That now makes it 600 species for the year!

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 600 species

15/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Frosted Orange 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acleris rhombana 1 [NFY]
Pyrausta purpuralis 1 [NFG]

Acleris rhombana

Frosted Orange

Pyrausta purpuralis

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