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 30 June 2023

Shut down before dawn

Another very warm night last Saturday, so much so that I decided to go out on a field trip to an undisclosed wood here in Cambridgeshire, more on that in the next post.
I returned home at 2am, absolutely frazzled, and decided to shut down the garden trap, rather than getting back up again at 4!
A huge amount of common moths around, but obviously less than if I had left it on for a few more  hours and I probably missed some early on as I was already out before lights on.

All the new for years were potted up and photographed the next day then released.

4 species were completely new for the garden, fantastic! 

I'm now 5 species off of 400 for the year, I wonder what the yearly total will be... 271 to beat last years total currently!

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 395 species

24/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Dingy Shears 1 [NFG]
Marbled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Phoenix 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis repandana 1 [NFY]
Agapeta zoegana 1 [NFY]
Bucculatrix albedinella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora mayrella 1 [NFY]
Metzneria lappella 1 [NFG]
Monochroa tenebrella 1 [NFG]
Piniphila bifasciana 1 [NFY]

Acrobasis advenella

Acrobasis repandana

Agapeta zoegana


Coleophora mayrella

Dingy Shears

Marbled Beauty

Monochroa tenebrella

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