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 7 January 2023

Some recent moths

A little quiet here currently with the weather being so squally of late.
We've had some really mild nights, but these have been curtailed by extremely strong winds, and have therefore reduced the catch to very little.

Last night I managed two moths, that was all! Again it was stupidly gusty and I wasn't surprised.

The 3rd species of the year was a light brown apple moth, a rather mint male.

A nice surprise as a by-catch was a large Mayfly, Baetis rhodani. It is the first record for the garden and rather early, although this species despite the common name (Mayflies) can hatch all year round during mild spells.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 3 species

06/01/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Winter Moth 1

Micro Moths

Epiphyas postvittana 1 [NFY]
Baetis rhodani

Epiphyas postvittana


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