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

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Still mild but rather slow

The Orthosia species seem to have dropped in numbers lately, maybe the peak for them is now over? Coupled with a bright full moon in recent nights, that could be the main reason for the lull.

Last night I ran the trap again for just 6 moths, fairly uninspiring but at least it includerd two new for the year species and one of them being my earliest ever Garden Carpet.
It appears that my record, although early, isn't that abnormal and there are January records for a lot of counties, crikey!
Drizzly tonight and a bit of a cool breeze, lets see what turns up.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 46 species
25/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Garden Carpet 1 [NFY]
Early Grey 1
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 1
Small Quaker 1

Micro Moths
Agonopterix arenella 1 [NFY] 

Garden Carpet

Agonopterix arenella

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