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 8 March 2024

The March of the Orthosia!

The march has begun here of the genus Orthosia, with great numbers of several species recorded this week, and Wednesday night was certainly a peak with 34 moths of 11 species, a really good total for my garden in early March.

Tuesday night I added two Small Quaker's to the year list, and on Wednesday night a couple of Early Greys were very welcome and the 31st moth species of the year so far.

Still cold at nights and clear skies aren't great either, o and the wind has picked up once more. Tomorrow night could be warmer but still windy.

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 31 species
05/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Small Quaker 2 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 4
Micro Moths
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1 

06/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Early Grey 2 [NFY]
Clouded Drab 7
Common Quaker 8
Hebrew Character 8
March Moth 1
Small Quaker 3
Micro Moths
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Diurnea fagella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1 
Eudonia angustea 1
Clouded Drab

Small Quaker

Small Quaker

Early Grey

Hebrew Character

Early Grey

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