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 5 August 2023

Expectations and reality

A rather tidy catch last night which included one new for year species and one new for the garden.

Unfortunately the new for garden was a damaged and mangled mess, of what once was, a rather pretty moth.
Maybe a spider had gotten hold of it, or a bird? Sadly it was deceased by the time I went to release it.
The Scallop Shell was a welcome garden tick all the same, and hopefully in it's early days had managed to mate.
So i've included a picture of a smart one I trapped earlier on in the year at my local nature reserve.
The other new moth was a rather smart August Thorn, only my second garden record after one last year.

Talking of smart, there were plenty of Nutmegs in and around the trap once more, one was particularly striking so I photographed that one, and a second Dog's Tooth of the week was very nice.

The weather has been ghastly today, and I shall not be running my trap tonight!

04/08/23 - Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 547 species

Scallop Shell 1 [NFG]
August Thorn 1 [NFY]
August Thorn

Cochylimorpha straminea

Dog's Tooth


Scallop Shell from last night

Scallop Shell not from last night


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