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

Thursday 27 October 2022

A few more new moths, migrants increasing!

Both Feathered Thorn & Yellow-line Quaker were new for the year last night, going past the 660 species target that I set a month or so ago as I passed 640 species.
Common migrants increased last night, with 4x Nomophila noctuella, 1x Udea ferrugalis and 3x Plutella xylostella, but no real surprises..
That happened roughly 400 metres away at another trap run by fellow village moth trapper and friend, Leslie Gardiner, whom bagged a cracking Palpita vitrealis.
It was nice seeing it and getting a few photos of it.
I've seen the moth before in Turkey, many years ago.
I will keep the trap on as you just never kmow what might venture further north.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 661 species

26/10/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Feathered Thorn

Palpita vitrealis (Courtesy of Leslie Gardiner)

A worn Yellow-line Quaker

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