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 7 March 2024

Latest from the garden moth trap - Dotty!

Into March we go, and things have slightly improved despite the heavy rains of late, and cooler temperatures at night due to a biting easterly.
But, things are flying, and under some cloudy evenings i've actually managed a list for once.
Below are the results from Mondays catch, Tuesday was fairly similar, but last night was a vast increase.

Best moths from Monday night were a year first Dotted Chestnut (Always a pleasure to see these as they are quite a sort after pretty species) and Diurnea fagella (An uncommon moth away from woodland).

Still a bit cool at night for my liking, but it is still only early March.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 29 species
04/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Dotted Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 4
Common Quaker 6
Grey Shoulder-knot 1
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 1
Micro Moths
Diurnea fagella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 4
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Diurnea fagella

Dotted Chestnut


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