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 4 February 2023

All quiet and then a small successful window of opportunity

Thursday night was warm but breezy and thus only one moth was attracted to the trap, an Agonopterix heracliana, I expected more.
Last night however I counted 12 moths of 8 species, a vast improvement and the main deciding factor for the increased volume was? Yes you got it, the wind or distinct lack of.
Most species were potted up before I turned in for the night at 12am, just 1 moth was actually in the trap come the morning, one of two Spring Usher's.
Best moths were two Early Moths, not a common garden moth from my records.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 10 species

02/02/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
None Recorded!

Micro Moths

Agonopterix heracliana 1 [NFY]

03/02/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Black-spotted Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Dark Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Early Moth 2 [NFY]
Spring Usher 2 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Tortricodes alternella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix heracliana 3 
Epiphyas postvittana 1 
Black-spotted Chestnut & Dark Chestnut

Early Moth

Spring Usher

Tortricodes alternella


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