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

Sunday 28 May 2023

Still very quiet

Another cool night last night, I know how cold it was because I was out in it surveying a new site, and boy was it chilly.
It was so cold that my trousers were wet from the heavy dew on the long grass and all the cables were wet and ice cold.
Still it said 9 degrees, but at ground level it must have been a lot colder, and by this morning it was just 6.5c, I got back home just after midnight and there wasn't much in and around my trap.

It was a crying shame, because the day was warm and very calm and there were moths everywhere when I went for a picnic (Successes of which will be in an upcoming post).

Still there were two new species for 2023 in the trap this morning, the first of many Heart & Dart, and a lovely Small Clouded Brindle.
The latter species often gets confused with early Common Rustics, and you can indeed see the similarities.
Still cool and with increasing winds from the east, days remain lovely however but the nights are so cruel.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 165 species

27/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Heart & Dart 1 [NFY]
Small Clouded Brindle 1 [NFY]
Common Swift 1
Garden Carpet 3
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Treble-lines 3
Turnip Moth 4
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 3

Micro Moths
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Platyedra subcinerea 1 
Heart & Dart

Small Clouded Brindle


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