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

Saturday 24 December 2022

Merry Christmas to all

After being unwell again recently, enough feels like enough and thankfully we are all getting better now in time for Santa's arrival tonight!
I have ran the trap only once recently, on the 19th and recording 8 moths of 4 species which were 2 December Moth, 2 Mottled Umber, 3 Winter Moth & 1 Emmelina monodactyla.
Last night, just for the fun of it, and to try and brighten my spirits, I ran it once more and was pleased with 4 moths of 2 species, 3 Winter Moths and a fresh Black-spotted Chestnut.
Also, a bonus on the beetle front, whilst rummaging through seasoned logs for a background to take todays photos on, I happened upon a new longhorn beetle for my records, Phymatodes testaceus.
Merry Christmas all and thank you for your likes, comments and mothy chat over the last tough and challenging year.
A best moth species of the year post will come next week. 
Black-spotted Chestnut

Phymatodes testaceus

Winter Moth