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

Friday 2 September 2022

Migrant excitement!

Well the next few nights certainly delivered.
Last night was much warmer, but with clear skies at first. It must have clouded over at some point as it was partly cloudy at 5am and just under 13 degrees.
We were told it could be a good migrant night in the East (By Steve Nash whom runs @MigrantMothUK on Twitter), and indeed it was for a few people in the county, particularly with the pyralid Loxostege sticticalis turning up
This moth seems to be appearing en masse currently in the South and up into the midlands.

For me, I added Dark Sword-grass to the year list (rather late and probably expected a few months ago, as i've seen it in July & August out in the field).
And better still, a delicate pink-lined Vestal which I last took on the 8th of August in 2019, down the road at Chippenham Fen.

All in all, 33 species were recorded of roughly 110 moths, not a bad total at all for my small garden.

Other good moths were Bordered Pug and Hedge Rustic (my second garden record this year, yet much fresher than the one I recorded 2 weeks ago).

Tonight and even Saturday could be warmer and calmer, so we will see what else graces the trap over the coming nights.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 623 species

01/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Dark Sword-grass 1 [NFY]
Hedge Rustic (2nd garden record)
Vestal 1 [NFG]
Bordered Pug

Dark Sword-grass

Hedge Rustic



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