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

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Latest from the home moth trap

Another good catch last night, with a different set of moths appearing at the trap.
I finally caught up with the Blood-vein, my first this year! in fact i've only seen a couple this year whilst trapping in the field.
Two other species were also added to the year list, a Black Rustic and the Sallow.
Other than that it was a typical early Autumnal catch with a great variety of shapes, colours and sizes.
One more mild night before it turns a bit rubbish.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 640 species

20/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Black Rustic 1 [NFY]
Blood-vein 1 [NFY] 
Sallow 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Burnished Brass 1
Cypress Pug 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Flounced Rustic 1
Garden Carpet 3
Green Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Lunar Yellow Underwing 1
Lunar Underwing 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Small Dusty Wave 2
Small Dusty Wave 4
Willow Beauty 4

Micro Moths

Acleris rhombana
Cydalima perspectalis 1
Eudonia angustea 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 15
Black Rustic




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