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

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Quiet night

A rather quiet night on Monday, with just the one new moth for the year and what a cracker. The hot pinky flushed Small Elephant Hawk-moth, my little boy loved him! He said that it has mummy's favourite colour (pink) and my favourite colour (green).
A smart dark Turnip Moth also warranted a photograph, and some action at the lure traps also, with Cydia pomonella and Grapholita funebrana to their repective scents.

The night was fairly mild at 10c but with a keen breeze from the East again.
By Friday we should see the wind swing round to the South-east and on Saturday it looks to be the warmest day of the year.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 183 species

05/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 4
Light Brocade 1
Marbled Minor 6
Sycamore 1
Treble Lines 3
Turnip Moth 4
Vine's Rustic 2
Willow Beauty 2
Micro Moths
Cydia pomonella 2 to POM lure
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Grapholita funebrana 1 to FUN lure 1 to light 

Marbled Minor sp

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Turnip Moth


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