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 1 October 2022

A cracking pair

It's been a bit quiet here recently, with cold night-time temperatures down to as low as 3 degrees! the temperatures have recovered since, but then we got battered by an ex-tropical storm which brought howling winds and sharp showers.
Thursday night was fairly settled (before the storm) but was still a bit chilly at 7 degrees minimum.

A small selection of moths greeted me come the morning.

The best was a mint female Large Wainscot and a rather smart orange suffused Beaded Chestnut.

The Large Wainscot is moth species no.646 for the year, still around 10 species to add before the year is out (hopefully).

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 646 species

29/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Large Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Autumnal Rustic 1
Black Rustic 1
Beaded Chestnut 1
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Lunar Underwing 6
Mallow 1 
Sallow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Turnip Moth 1

Micro Moths

Epiphyas postvittana 1

Beaded Chestnut

Large Wainscot & Beaded Chestnut

Large Wainscot

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