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 9 May 2023

Cooler and clear with a big bright moon

It was well worth trapping. A huge female Great Prominent was found sitting on the wall of the house next to the trap, I think it's only the 6th record for Cambridgeshire, with now 4 of them (including mine) being from the same village!
There are some mature Oaks here in nearby Fordham Woods, but thats it locally. One can only assume that they are breeding there.
Not much else in or around the trap, a Plutella xylostella was added to the year list though.
Also during the daytime, the FUN lure scored two Grapholita funebrana.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 105 species
07/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Great Prominent 1 [NFG]
Hebrew Character 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
Yellow-barred Brindle 2
Micro Moths
Grapholita funebrana 2 [NFY] - To Fun lure
Plutella xylostella 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Platyedra subcinerea 2
Great Prominent

Plutella xylostella

Grapholita funebrana

Grapholita funebrana


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