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

Tuesday 21 March 2023

Latest from the garden moth trap

Last night was once again, worth running the trap in the garden.
A mild day of 15 degrees, with night time temperatures not falling below 8c, but with wind and sporadic showers, conditions weren't the best.
Luckily a selection of moths ventured out, a different set to the previous night.

A year first Silver Y came in at around 8pm, I could not get it to sit correctly, its wings were constantly splayed (maybe some muscle damage whilst exiting the pupa), although it flew off rapidly after it's photograph.
Another Pammene giganteana, a darker one this time came to the FUN lure during the daytime.

Ans this evening as I was setting the trap up again for tonight, I spyed a Twin-spotted Quaker which I had missed this morning, wedged between two fence panels... another year tick!

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 34 species
20/03/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Silver Y 1 [NFY]
Twin-spotted Quaker 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 1
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 4

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 2
Diurnea fagella 3
Emmelina monodactyla 3
Pammene giganteana 1 [To FUN lure] 

Pammene giganteana

Silver Y

Twin-spotted Quaker

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