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 23 September 2023

Quiet times upon us, but the odd good night!

As Autumn has seemed to have kicked in somewhat, we are slowly losing the Summer species and they are being replaced gradually by Autumn ones.
On Monday night I ran my trap for a fairly pleasing catch for the time of year. 28 species were noted, with a few new for year species, and a second Delicate of the year was most pleasing.

I also retained an odd looking Noctua species which is pobably just janthe but it looks a bit like a tertia, although speaking with Colin Plant today, the jury seems still out on how definitive the species actually is, and whether it is just a form.
I guess we will see eventually.

Conditions are a lot cooler and damper at night now, so i've not ran my trap much this past week.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 611 species

18/09/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Deep-brown Dart 1 [NFY] 
Delicate 2 (2nd for the year)
Noctua sp 1

Micro Moths
Acleris sparsana 1 [NFY] 
Acleris sparsana

Deep-brown Dart


Elachista atricomella

Noctua sp


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