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 26 October 2023

Another decent migrant for my inland garden

A cracking Scarce Bordered Straw was a welcome year tick here in my east Cambs garden on Friday night.
A tatty Dark Sword-grass and 2 Udea ferrugalis made up the rest of the migrants.
There were less moths about than of recent nights, so a list wasn't written down.
A second new for year species was a single November Moth, checked today. Since then I have recorded many November Moth on each subsequent night, they don't seem to mind the cooler nights i've found, I guess they are very aptly named! 

A second Chestnut of the season was also welcome, and a late Pyralis farinalis.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 635 species
21/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Scarce Bordered Straw 1 [NFY]
November Moth 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 1
Dark Sword-grass 1

Micro Moths

Pyralis farinalis 1


Dark Sword-grass

November Moth

Pyralis farinalis

Scarce Bordered Straw


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