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

Sunday 31 March 2024

Less moths but more variety

The lull is coming, that bit between spring and summer is nearly upon us, as numbers of the common spring-time species dwindle and traps get quieter.
But, all is not lost, as returning species fill the void at times, never in big numbers but always a pleasurable experience nonetheless.
Yesterday afternoon there were a few Pammene giganteana in the garden flying around (all attractive lures now stowed until the end of April). 
A tiny little moth was netted whilst potting up some plants, it was to be a year first Lyonetia clerkella, a common moth in my garden, and of the darker form, which seems to be more prevalant than the normal white form. 
Overnight, some cracking newbies came to the trap, one each of Mullein (Not seen last year), Nut-tree 
Tussock (Fairly regular here) and Streamer (Only just annual here).

The rest of the catch was made up of a couple of micros and the ever diminishing Orthosia crowd.
Some fairly mild days appoaching.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 53 species
30/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Mullein 1 [NFY]
Nut-tree Tussock 1 [NFY]
Streamer 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 2
Clouded Drab 2
Early Grey 2
Hebrew Character 2

Micro Moths
Lyonetia clerkella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Lyonetia clerkella


Nut-tree Tussock



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