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

Wednesday 3 April 2024

The start of the Prominents.

I set the trap up once more, but wasn't expecting much as it was breezy and a bit cool, but at least it was cloudy. It was also a bit damp just as it was getting dark, and we had light rain until 11pm at least, when I decided to call it a night until when I get up at 6am.

As you can see below, the catch was very minimalist, but at least there were a couple of highlights, first off a second record of the year for Mullein was great to see, I only usually see one a year, sometimes I miss out on it completely. I've checked against my other specimen and it is indeed a different moth.

And secondly, the first of the Prominent species arrived, with a Swallow Prominent in the bottom of the trap.

Things look warm but a bit wild coming up, so catches might not be that great.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 63 species
02/04/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Swallow Prominent 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 1
Clouded Drab 2
Double-striped Pug 2
Early Grey 2
Hebrew Character 8
Mullein 1

Micro Moths
Epiphyas postvittana 2 

Clouded Drab


Swallow Prominent

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