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 2 October 2022

October 'moth' fest

Not quite a 'fest' more like a seasonal rabble last night here in Fordham, East Cambs.
Though 18 species was pleasing in its own right, but numbers are still fairly low, even for the commoner species for this time of year. 
Two new species for the year were added, one was a new one for the garden and i'm surprised I never added it last year. The Pink-barred Sallow, being in a favourable location for this species.
The bad bit, was that thre moth itself looked like it had been through a mangle! I found it laying in the grass on my last 'garden sweep' before bed, thinking it was dead, I still potted it up for a photo today.
When I tipped it out today for a photo, it moved! But my goodness I don't think it's got much life left in it sadly.

The biggest surprise of the night was my latest 2nd generation Rosy Footman, a species I took only once in late June this year.

Other than that, a further two Large Wainscots were nice to see and a smart Red-green Carpet was the second new 2022 addition.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 648 species

01/10/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Pink-barred Sallow 1 [NFG]
Red-green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Autumnal Rustic 1
Beaded Chestnut 1
Brown-spot Pinion 2
Large Wainscot 2
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
Lunar Underwing 3
Rosy Footman 1
Sallow 1 
Satellite 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
White-point 1

Micro Moths

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

Acleris variegana

Lunar Underwing

Pink-barred Sallow

Red-green Carpet

Rosy Footman

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