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

Friday 13 October 2023

Wild weather woes

Well it's been rather changeable and still quite mild, but all that is about to change as we are looking at getting our first frosts this weekend of this side of christmas.
I haven't bothered running my trap recently as it's been too wet and windy and little has been showing in these parts. 
Here are a few highlights from the start of the week.
Best moths were a smart new for year Musotima nitidalis on the 8th, at least 8 Merveille du Jour over 3 nights and a seldom seen here, Oak Nycteoline.
Other goodies included my latest ever Bucculatrix bechsteinella and a smart Dark Chestnut (sadly, like the Oak Nycteoline, not a new addition to the 2023 list).

Tuesday and Wednesday next week might be worth a shout, we'll see.

Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 626 species

07/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Micro Moths

Monopis weaverella 1
Ypsolopha sequella 1

08/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Merveille du Jour 1 [NFY] 

Micro Moths
Musotima nitidalis 1 [NFY]

09/10/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Green-brindled Crescent 1 [NFY]
Dark Chestnut 1
Merveille du Jour 3
Oak Nycteoline 1 

Micro Moths
Bucculatrix bechsteinella 1

Musotima nitidalis

Monopis weaverella

Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Dark Chestnut

Green-brindled Crescent

Merveille du Jour

Oak Nycteoline

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