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 29 April 2023

Still struggling for numbers here

Still very quiet in my garden.
On Thursday night I ran the trap for 4 moths, none of which were in the trap! The house wall did yield a year first Least Black Arches so all was not lost. 
Last night was a little better with 9 moths of 5 species with another newbie for the year in the form of a dinky little Shuttle-shaped Dart.
It was also nice to record my second Agonopterix subpropinquella of the year, this time it was the form rhodochrella, with the black shoulders behind the head.
The temperature dropped as low as 4 degrees, far from ideal moth temperatures!
A few more milder nights coming up, but tonight looks a little chilly again even after a warm day of 18 degrees.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 68 species 
27/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Least Black Arches 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 2
Hebrew Character 1
Micro Moths
None Recorded! 

28/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 4
Hebrew Character 1
Micro Moths
Agonopterix subpropinquella f.rhodochrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Least Black Arches

Agonopterix subpropinquella f.rhodochrella

Shuttle-shaped Dart

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