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

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Two new for the year

Last night was a bit quieter than of late with 16 moths of 12 species, with 2 probable migrants, one each of Nomophila noctuella and Udea ferrugalis.
The best moths were a year first Sprawler, and the 4th? County record of Musotima nitidalis. 

Musotima nitidalis is a scarce moth in Cambridgeshire, probably due to the lack of bracken in the county, although I know of at least one wood that may hold a population of them with a good stand of bracken (Unsuccessful as of yet, but i've only made one trip so far in August).

The 4 records (Including last nights one) are all from Fordham, which would suggest that the moth is coming from one of the garden centres, with the nearest on less than a 1/4 a mile away from my garden.

Obviously there may be other records from this year that I am unaware of.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 659 species

25/10/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Macro Moths

Sprawler 1 [NFY]
Black Rustic 1
Large Wainscot 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Merveille du Jour 1
November Moth sp 2
Red-green Carpet 2
Turnip Moth 1
Vine's Rustic 2
White-point 1
Micro Moths
Musotima nitidalis 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Musotima nitidalis



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