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 2 April 2024

A rather quieter night with a surprise

After the night before's bumper catch of nearly 40 moths, it was a little slower, windier and cooler last night, under a clear sky (but luckily no moon).
The big surprise was my earliest ever Brimstone Moth by 16 days! A lot of other species i've been seeing people post are also putting in their appearances early, like Least Black Arches, V-Pug and Iron Prominent, to name but a few.
I also had another early spectacle happen as I was standing on the patio netting, a Humming-bird Hawk-moth shot over the garden, another earliest record! This could well have been an individual that had over-wintered.
Netting at dusk was a bit hard going. 30 minutes staring at the paling sky yielded just 2 sightings, one was well out of reach, a rather large dark micro, but one I did manage to connect with, with an upward swoop of the net, a year first Mompha subbistrigella.
To the trap, there were no new ones for the year.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 62 species
01/04/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Brimstone Moth 1 [NFY]
Humming-bird Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 4
Clouded Drab 5
Common Quaker 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 1
Hebrew Character 2
Red Chestnut 1
Red-green Carpet 1

Micro Moths
Mompha subbistrigella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Brimstone Moth

Clouded Drab

Mompha subbistrigella

Red-green Carpet



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