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 20 March 2023


Last night I trapped once more, another wet night but it wasn't hammering it down for a change and the temperature stayed above 7 degrees, so neither here nor there really.

A lower catch of 20 moths of 9 species.

This was headed by an Autumn/Spring species that needs no introduction. The Dotted Chestnut is a marvel of dark dots against layers of orange and ginger scales. Certainly the brightest moth in the traps currently.

More success was also had in the daytime at some point today (whilst I was working).
A single Pammene giganteana was in the Funebrana lure trap, another year first and 5 days earlier than last years example.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 32 species

19/03/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Dotted Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 5
Common Quaker 5
Hebrew Character 4
March Moth 1
Small Quaker 1

Micro Moths

Pammene giganteana 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Dotted Chestnut

Pammene giganteana

Pammene giganteana

Tommie & Dottie


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