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 14 July 2023

Another good catch before things went downhill

Monday night was the last busy night here, and infact I had a few nights off this week as we had one night of wind and rain, and another I was far too tired.
As I type, tonight isn't looking great either, on the plus side both water butts are now over-flowing, i'm definitely getting old getting excited about water retention!
Monday night saw some movement of uncommon species in the county. I recorded my 3rd garden records of both L-album Wainscot & Clancy's Rustic.
Prior to 2020 both of these species were very rare in Cambs. I can only assume that they have become resident now in low density, and boosted by migrants each year.
Other good moths included a lovely Female Ghost Moth and two other acttractive macros, Slender Brindle (which is a new one for the garden) and Marbled Beauty.
I also recorded a year Haworth's Pug, but this specimen being a melanic version, rather unusual I thought. 
2 micros were new for the garden list, so that makes 3 new additions for the night raising the garden list to 761 species.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 499 species

10/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Clancy's Rustic 1 [NFY]
Fan-foot 1 [NFY] 
Ghost Moth 1 [NFY]
Haworth's Pug 1 [NFY]
L-album Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Slender Brindle 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Cydia splendana 1 [NFY]
Dioryctria simplicella 1 [NFG]
Recurvaria nanella 1 [NFG]
Clancy's Rustic

Dioryctria simplicella

Ghost Moth

Marbled Beauty

Slender Brindle


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