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 1 April 2023

Slow.. but worth lighting up for

Still a bit dank in these parts, grey cool and gloomy, with heavy showers and mizzly rain.
With no sun again today it has felt rather cool and the temperature sruggled to get to 10 degrees.
Last night was cool and very breezy but some moths still ventured out.
The best moth of the night was found at around 8pm on the side of the trap, an Agonopterix species and not the usual heracliana or alstromeriana, a year first subpropinquella and ony my second garden record, result!
This morning there wasn't anything to write home about bar another Twin-spotted Quaker (Which seems scarce here so far) and a mint Double-striped Pug on the fence.

It looks set to get cool now for maybe a week, which is a shame. With sunnier dryer days, it may just be warm enough for some more dusking during next week.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 39 species
31/03/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 3
Double-striped Pug 1
Hebrew Character 3
March Moth 1
Micro Moths

Agonopterix subpropinquella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix heracliana 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Agonopterix subpropinquella

Double-striped Pug

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