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

Tuesday 19 September 2023

A couple of new for years but diversity slides

The variety of moths has dwindled this past week, with around 25 species per night now of around 100 moths.
Some nights its been too cool and breezy or very wet at dusk so I haven't bothered.

Last Wednesday night I recorded the first of many, a Lunar Underwing.
The the following night I bagged not one, but two L-album Wainscot, such a good looking moth with it's unusually patterned forewings.
I also got my second Clancy's Rustic of the year, a little worse for wear.

There was also a new macro moth for Thursday night, a lovely Large Ranunculus.

Micro moths have slowed up a lot now, well apart from the 'technically micro moth' Box-tree Mox that is! Where i'm still recording 40+ individuals even on the quieter nights.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 609 species

13/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Lunar Underwing 1 [NFY]

14/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Large Ranunculus 1 [NFY] 
Clancy's Rustic 1
L-album Wainscot 2

Lunar Underwing

Clancy's Rustic

L-album Wainscot

Large Ranunculus

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