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

Friday 31 March 2023

Latest from the garden

The weather continues to test us, the conditions have been pretty dire lately and it's not much better next week with a potetial for frosts once more.

Last night the best moth was a year first Brindled Beauty, a moth that I recorded 9 of in 2022. We'll see how this spring fairs for the species.
A bonus Dotted Chestnut was found tucked in the white sheet that I put underneath my trap.

Also a dark pinky-hued Agonopterix heracliana species was checked for ciliella, turns out it is just a male heracliana and I guess the other 5 were probably the same.

I also did a spot of dusking on the patio, looking West towards the setting sun, with variable amounts of dark cloud it was quite hard to pick out any movements.
I did however strike lucky with 2 out of 3 moths netted.
Two dark form Lyonetia clerkella were the reward, another new species for the year.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 38 species
30/03/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 1
Common Quaker 5
Dotted Chestnut 1
Double-striped Pug 2
Hebrew Character 2
March Moth 3
Micro Moths

Lyonetia clerkella 2 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 6
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Agonopterix heracliana

Brindled Beauty

Dotted Chestnut

Lyonetia clerkella 1

Lyonetia clerkella 2


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