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 18 April 2023

Latest from the garden moth trap

Still very cold here in the east, even after a warm day of 17 degrees yesterday, the temperature plummeted after dark even under a bit of cloud. The culprit is a keen eastern cool breeze that is keeping numbers down.

Highlights last night amongst very little, were a nice fresh Garden Carpet and a Brindled Pug, both new for the year.
A second Silver Y of the year was noteworthy for the date.

There were no moths actually in the trap, so the trap blanked... but the house wall and fences didn't.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 54 species
17/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Brindled Pug 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 2
Clouded Drab 1
Common Quaker 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 2
Silver Y 1
Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 2
Phyllonorycter sp to NIG (4th so far) 1

Silver Y

Phyllonorycter sp to NIG

Garden Carpet

Brindled Pug

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