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

Thursday 13 July 2023

Extremely changeable, morelike September

Well, you wouldn't think it was July with the odd weather system we are currently stuck in, it's just very meh and numbers have dropped as a result of cooler windier conditions, although there hasn't been a great deal of rain as of yet.
Species are down to around 30 a night now, this is usually the numbers that I get in late August/early September. 
But still we soldier on, and every record is important.

There were 3 standout moths on Sunday night here in my garden. Gelechia nigra, the 2nd county record for Cambs, and subsequently i've had the third 2 nights ago. The 1st record was from the nearby nature reserve, which I took in 2019. 
My 4th Triaxomasia caprimulgella for Cambs, also a very significant record as there are only 5 previous county records (Although I think several have been recorded to lures this year now).

And last but not least, Wood Carpet. Not a common moth nationally and always great to see annually.

Need to get back out in the woods, but the weather is making it less attractive.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 490 species

09/07/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1 [NFY]
Wood Carpet 1 [NFY]
Yellow-tail 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Bryotropha senectella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Gelechia nigra 1 [NFG]
Nephopterix angustella 1 [NFY]
Triaxomasia caprimulgella 1 [NFY] 

Bryotropha senectella

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Gelechia nigra

Triaxomasia caprimulgella

Wood Carpet



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