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 18 June 2023

Another good catch after a night off

I had a much deserved night off on Tuesday, as it was set to get a little cool under clearing skies.
So it was back to business on the 14th, and with a warmer day and a slightly warmer night (at 10 degrees minimum) it had to be worth a shout.
I'm glad I ran it, as I got a real brute of a wetland pyralid, the cool looking Schoenobius gigantella, a welcome male and new for the garden.

A few other species also boosted the year list, but numbers were generally half what they were on the warm Monday night, to be expected I suppose.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 274 species

14/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Buff Ermine 1 [NFY]
Sallow Kitten 1 [NFY]
Treble Brown Spot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Cataclysta lemnata 1 [NFY]
Clepsis consimilana 1 [NFY]
Schoenobius gigantella 1 [NFG] 

Buff Ermine

Cataclysta lemnata

Clepsis consimilana

Sallow Kitten

Schoenobius gigantella

Treble Brown Spot

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