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

Monday 2 January 2023

Ringing in the new year

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2023!

Lets see what this year brings on the moth front.

Thankfully it was rather mild last night, and so the trap was set-up, plugged in and ready for the anticipation of what might turn up.
Predictably there were Winter Moths, 4 of them to be precise which was a very welcome amount in my garden.
This was backed up by a nice, strongly marked Mottled Umber.
I also found my earliest diving beetle.
I get 3 species commonly here, but Dytiscus marginalis is the most regular, a chunky fellow that never seem to sit still for a photo, this one being of no exception.

The ball is rolling, but it's going to have to roll some distance to top last year's yearly total of 665 species, challenge accepted!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 2 species

01/01/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Mottled Umber 1 [NFY]
Winter Moth 4 [ NFY]

Micro Moths

None Recorded! 
Dytiscus marginalis

Mottled Umber

Winter Moth


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