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

Sunday 23 October 2022

Catch Report - 22/10/22 - Back Garden

The best October catch so far here (granted i've only been here once before in October), with 72 moths of 28 species.
Migrants and micros abound, with a rather nice pink-flushed Vestal at the forefront.
There was also a really smart Plutella xylostella on the rainguard last night, worthy of a photo.
Lots of migrants turning up of the past few nights, and this could continue into the tail-end of next week, so keep those traps out.

Other than that, i'll let the list and photos do the talking.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 657 species

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

Beaded Chestnut 2
Black Rustic 5
Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Dark Chestnut 1
Green-brindled Crescent 6
Large Wainscot 8
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Mallow 2
Merveille du Jour 2
November Moth sp 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Red-line Quaker 3
Sallow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Silver-Y 1
Turnip Moth 2
Vestal 1
Vine's Rustic 6
White-point 5
Micro Moths
Acleris sparsana 1
Carcina quercana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 5
Eudonia angustea 1
Nomophila noctuella 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 4 
Acleris sparsana

Carcina quercana

A slightly unusual Epiphyas postvittana

November Moth sp

Plutella xylostella

One tray from the trap



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