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

Thursday 27 April 2023

The moths are coming...

I promise!
I know it's been a very tough start to the year for most of us, but there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, as from now the night time temperatures start to tick up a bit and hopefully we should see mid to high teens every day, lets hope so anyway.

It's not been very sunny mind, but a little warmer and a milder start this morning meant that there were actually moths to count for a change and one for each finger and thumb.

10 moths of 8 species were noted, with 3 new for year species.

Best, a cracking Pinion-spotted Pug, a moth I trapped frequently last April, it feeds on common foodplants such as Hawthorn, but the moth appears scarce, why? it's an odd one.

The other two were Red-green Carpet and Lesser Swallow Prominent, the Red-green Carpet was extremely grass green in appearance.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 66 species 
26/04/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Lesser Swallow Prominent 1 [NFY]
Pinion-spotted Pug 1 [NFY]
Red-green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 1
Hebrew Character 2
Oak-tree Pug 1
Streamer 1
Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 2

Pinion-spotted Pug

Red-green Carpet


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