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

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Monday 5 September 2022

Garden Mothing - 02nd September 2022

I ran my trap once again on Friday night after a warm day with highs of 26 degrees and a mild low of 15 degrees.
The moths were plentiful with many different species observed, I didn't have time to count them, but I did pot up 3 highlights from the trap.
First moth was a cracking Orange Sallow, so fresh that it even had an enlarged mohican which rarely stays intact, it literally must have been fresh out of the pupa! A garden first the best example I have ever seen.

The second moth was a year first Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, I get these now and then but they are never common and quite hard to tell apart between Red Twin-spot (I've had these dissected before in September and all came back Dark-barred, I spared this one).
The third was a Tortrix moth, a pretty little Cochylidia implicitana, a moth i've been lucky to see a few of in the garden this year.
The weather is slowly changing to cooler and wetter, but we need the rain.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 625 species

02/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Orange Sallow 1 [NFG]
Cochylidia implicitana 1 (5th garden record)

Cochylidia implicitana

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

Orange Sallow

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