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 6 November 2022

Catch Report - 05/11/22 - Back Garden

Still mild here in Fordham, well for the time of year anyway.
Last night it was a minimum of 11 degrees in my garden and whisper still, but it rained and rained and rained probably all night!
And into today as well where we have had localised flooding.
The moths certainly didn't mind as I jotted down over 25 moths of 16 different species, the tricky bit came dodging the numerous showers to get photos of them.

Best moths of the night were a season first Black-spotted Chestnut, always great to see this localised species.
A rather nice Juniper Carpet was new for the year here, and the 664th species for the year.

Other notables were a fresh Satellite, and my latest ever Monopis crocicapitella (Hindwings checked). I have yet to record the very similar obviella here.
A few more opportunities of trapping coming up next week hopefully.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 664 species

05/11/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Juniper Carpet 1 [NFY]
Black Rustic 2
Black-spotted Chestnut 1
Green-brindled Crescent 2
Large Wainscot 1
November Moth 3
Pink-barred Sallow 1
Satellite 1
Silver Y 2
Sprawler 4
Turnip Moth 1

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Monopis crocicapitella 1

Black-spotted Chestnut

Juniper Carpet

Monopis crocicapitella

Pink-barred Sallow


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