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 14 September 2022

Returneth of the Convolvuli!

It either came back, or it was a different moth.
A huge Female Convolvulus Hawk-moth was resting on the house wall directly above the actinic trap this morning, I used my long net and gently coaxed it down for some photos.
It's the 2nd (possibly 3rd) sighting in the village in 3 days (Leslie Gardiner had a really smart Male a few nights back in his garden). 
A really good night in the garden despite it being cooler and damper.
Other highlights included at least 21 Willoe Beauties, a male & female year first Brown-spot Pinions, a very bright white Lime-speck Pug, and my earliest ever... check this... November Moth! 

The previous night there was less variety, but a Depressaria species was reatined to determine what species it is (probably badiella and funnily enough Leslie had another one similar the night before, so i've retained that one too).
Also Apotomis betuletana was added to the garden list, which now stands at 677 species.

The nights are drawing in rapidly now, and the wind will very soon swing around from the north making it feel fresher.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 633 species

12/09/22 & 13/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Apotomis betuletana 1 [NFG] 
Depressaria sp 1 [TBC]
Ephestia sp 1 [TBC]
Brown-spot Pinion 2 [NFY]
Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1 (Female)
Lime-speck Pug (Pale individual)
November Moth sp 1 [NFY]
Apotomis betuletana

Depressaria sp (Leslie Gardiner)

Depressaria sp

Brown-spot Pinion pair

Convolvulus Hawk-moth - Female

Convolvulus Hawk-moth - Female

Convolvulus Hawk-moth - Male (Leslie Gardiner)

Lime-speck Pug

November Moth sp


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