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

Saturday 30 March 2024

Warm day but cool by night

We got to 16 degrees here yesterday, very pleasant in the sunshine out of that brisk wind, if you could escape it that is!
By night the temperature fell away under clear skies to 4.5c, chilly to say the least.
There were just 2 moths out there when I decided to turn in, the best was a new for year Early Thorn, a species I did not see in my garden last year. For a common moth, this was most unusual.
By morning and at 6am, I was surprised to count 17 moths of 9 species, with quite a few of that count residing inside the trap.
Another good moth was a year first Powdered Quaker.
Some fairly mild days appoaching.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 49 species
29/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Early Thorn 1 [NFY]
Powdered Quaker 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 2
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 4
Early Grey 1
Hebrew Character 2

Micro Moths
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Powdered Quaker

Early Thorn

Common Quaker

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