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

Friday 5 May 2023

Purple Thorn added to the garden list

A lovely selection of moths last night, with 8 species present in and around the actinic trap.
The spring Orthosia's seem to be tailing off now rapidly, almost as if someone flicked a switch, last night featured none, replaced by early summer species in small quantities.

Best were 4 new species for the year of all shapes, shades and sizes.

One of them, Purple Thorn, was a new species for the garden, which is now at 691 species.

The weather continues to be very testing, very humid and stormy with gluttonous downpours.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 93 species
04/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Flame Shoulder [NFY]
Purple Thorn 1 [NFY]
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Waved Umber 1 [NFY]
Chinese Character 2
Garden Carpet 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Micro Moths
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1

Flame Shoulder

Purple Thorn

Red Twin-spot Carpet

Waved Umber

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