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

Monday 11 March 2024

A few more treats

Still cooler than predicted by those folk on the weather channels. It's barely got above 8 degrees this weekend with a biting North/North-East wind, it's felt much colder.
Subsequently, there have been no moths to any of the lures in the garden bucket traps this year yet (But it's still very early).
I ran my trap on Saturday night as it was dry, but the temperature fell away again to 5c.
The main reward was a great Pale Pinion, a moth I get annually but usually just one per year.
I also got this cracking Carabus granulatus, spotted by my Son.
I will try again tonight, after having last night off.
The temperatures are set to rise here in the East, which will be very welcome.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 32 species
09/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Pale Pinion 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 1
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 2
Early Grey 2
Hebrew Character 2
Small Quaker 5
Micro Moths
Agonopterix alstromeriana 2
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2

Carabus granulatus

Pale Pinion

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