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 18 March 2023

Shoulder Stripe Success

A day later, and another newbie for the garden moth list, Shoulder Stripe makes it no.686.

Another very good night with 22 moths noted of the same amount of species than the previous night, but with nearly half of them different ones!

Backing up the excellent new garden record of Shoulder Stripe, were new for year Early Grey, Engrailed and Lead-coloured Drab.

Other highlights included some nice forms of Clouded Drab and Small Quaker.

Leslie my moth friend just around the corner took a walk around Fordham Woods last night, which is just around the corner from me (But in the opposite direction to my trap north). He netted a pristine Water Carpet, a moth that is yet to venture into my garden.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 30 species

17/03/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Shoulder Stripe 1 [NFG]
Early Grey 1 [NFY]
Engrailed 1 [NFY]
Lead-coloured Drab 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 3
Hebrew Character 2
March Moth 3
Small Quaker 2

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 2
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Clouded Drab & Lead-coloured Drab

Early Grey


Lead-coloured Drab

Shoulder Stripe

Small Quaker

Water Carpet - Leslie Gardiner - Fordham Woods


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