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

Saturday 1 July 2023

Another 3 cracking garden firsts make it to 400!

Last Sunday was hot, the hottest day of the year infact, with temperatures hovering around 31 degrees.
By night the temperature held up nicely at around 16 degrees at midnight, but by dawn it had dropped to 13c, not terrible but the humidity was absent compared to the previous sticky night.

New for year species were less with 5 added, but all 3 macros were new for the garden!
Best moth was the beauty of a Scarlet Tiger, in fact all 3 i've taken less than a mile away at my local nature reserve, but certainly great to add them to the garden list.

I've now hit 400 species for the year, and possibly on track to rival last years tally.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 400 species

25/06/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Reed Leopard 1 [NFG]
Scarlet Tiger 1 [NFG]
Vapourer Moth 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Bryotropha sp 1 TBC (pos senectella)
Catoptria falsella 1 [NFY]
Scoparia basistrigalis 1 [NFY]

Bryotropha sp pos similis

Catoptria falsella

Reed Leopard

Scarlet Tiger

Scoparia basistrigalis

Vapourer Moth

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