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

Sunday 24 September 2023

Late moths, fluffy cats and Mirid bugs

A mixture from Friday night and last night.

Firstly on Friday I noted my latest ever record of Buff-tip to the trap amongst a paltry 11 species. Very pleasing to get my first ever September record of this species.

Last night it was slim pickings again under cool conditions. A bright red bug caught my eye and was photographed and identified as Rhopalus parumpunctatus, a new one for me (Having seen umpteen subrufus in years gone by).

And lastly, a head-scratching caterpillar found on the fence late last night. I messaged a few people in the know and the general consensus is that it's a rather odd Ruby Tiger with white tufty hair, rather unusual I thought.

Hopefully the next two nights will be warm enough for some new moths.


Rhopalus parumpunctatus

Ruby Tiger Caterpillar

Ruby Tiger Caterpillar

Ruby Tiger Caterpillar


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