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 13 October 2022

Catch Report - 12/10/22 - Back Garden

New additions to the year list are getting less and less, infact it's rare to add more than one per session now, especially if you run a trap on multiple nights per week.
Last night I was pleased to record a mint Merveille du Jour, certainly a joy to behold each year, but I don't get many here and that might be my only one for 2022!
The lack of mature Oaks in the vicinity is probably a deciding factor for the lack of records.

Last night was cracking for October, with a minmum of 12 degrees all night, 50 moths of 22 species were noted, which included another Clifden nonpareil, rather tatty though!

A few more mildish nights are coming up so the light will be back on.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 652 species

12/10/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Merveille du Jour 1 [NFY]
Barred Sallow 1
Beaded Chestnut 4
Black Rustic 11
Blue Underwing 1
Deep-brown Dart 1
Green-brindled Crescent 1
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
Lunar Underwing 1
Mallow 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Spruce Carpet 1
Turnip Moth 3
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acleris variegana 2
Cydalima perspectalis 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Eudonia angustea 2
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 1

Merveille du Jour

A pair of Carpets

Red-green Carpet


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