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

Monday 22 May 2023

Blasted cool breeze from the north and east

Is very persistent at the moment and is preventing me from doing any dusking on the patio as the moths just hate it.
It wasn't a bad catch last night, with several new for year species, but it also wasn't stellar. With lows of around 9c, it could have been so much better, was it for not having a breeze whipping through the garden all night.
Still it's been one of those years!
5 new species were added, including Marbled & Tawny Marbled Minor, which were checked rather quickly this evening using the excellent Butterfly Conservation ring-bound book 'British and Irish Moths: An Illustrated Guide to Selected Difficult Species'

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 147 species
21/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Lime-speck Pug 1 [NFY]
Marbled Minor 1 [NFY]
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1
Common Swift 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Carpet 1
Light Brocade 1
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Toadflax Brocade 1
Waved Umber 2

Micro Moths
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1 [NFY]
Endrosis sarcitrella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Evergestis forficalis 1
Platyedra subcinerea 3 
Dichrorampha acuminatana

Endrosis sarcitrella

Lime-speck Pug

Marbled Minor

Tawny Marbled Minor

Toadflax Brocade


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