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 9 April 2024

Respectable before dismal

The weather has turned again today once more, another storm this time coming up from France, in fact I think the wind today was worse than last weeks storm!
There is a glimmer of hope from tomorrow as the temperature recovers from todays measly 8 degrees high.
By Thursday it could feel quite warm again so I will hopefully partake in another field trip.
Last night was rather good with 20 moths of 14 species, with 3 new ones for the year.
Scorched Carpet was nice, as was a rather smart looking female Incurvaria masculella (With fine antennae and the ventral white dot like oehlmanniella, care is needed with this pair).
One moth was particularly interesting, my earliest ever Bryotropha species which I think is most likely to be basaltinella, if so it'll be a new species for my garden.
The moth will be dissected by Colin Plant shortly. 
Still no Brindled Pug here... but lots of Oak-tree.
Cold tonight and possibkly down to 2c with a horrible wind, i'm out.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 69 species
08/04/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Scorched Carpet 1 [NFY]
Double-striped Pug 3
Hebrew Character 1
Muslin Moth 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Oak-tree Pug 2
Pebble Prominent 1
Swallow Prominent 1

Micro Moths

Incurvaria masculella 1 [NFY] 
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Bryotropha sp 1 (pos basaltinella) TBC not added to year list
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Mompha subbistrigella 1 

Bryotropha sp

Incurvaria masculella

Scorched Carpet

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