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

Monday 1 April 2024

A real boost going towards April

The last night of March delivered in spades here, with plenty of moths and species throughout the night, including some real cracking micro moths.
There were 5 new species for the year potted up, and I worked the trap until midnight.

Newbies for the year included my first March record of Chinese Character, a fabulously large Spruce Carpet, a Leek Moth and an Agonopterix and Caloptilia.

A really nicely marked Caloptilia (presumed semifascia) has been retained. I've never seen one like this before.
Things are looking up here, but it could also go slow again soon, who knows.

36 moths of 18 species was a record for March.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 58 species
31/03/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Spruce Carpet 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 1
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 3
Double-striped Pug 3
Early Grey 6
Hebrew Character 5
March Moth 1
Oak-tree Pug 2
Oak Nycteoline 1
Red Chestnut 1

Micro Moths
Acrolepiopsis assectella 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix subpropinquella f rhodochrella 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia rufipennella 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 ?
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Acrolepiopsis assectella

Agonopterix subpropinquella f rhodochrella

Caloptilia rufipennella

Caloptilia semifascia, I guess

Chinese Character

Oak Nycteoline

Spruce Carpet


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