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

Thursday 9 May 2024

A more realistic cool May catch

It was a lot cooler on Monday night, down to 7c but after a fairly warm day of 18 degrees, it seemed worth running my trap again.
Much less activity as a result of rapidly falling temperatures, but I still managed to add two new species for the year, an expected Rustic Shoulder-knot to light, and a pair of Argyresthia trifasciata to the back of my net at dusk, one of which had a broken front leg, which did not seem to affect it walking or its flight.

The daytime temperatures are there now, will the moths respond at night? Lets see.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 133 species
06/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Rustic Shoulder-knot 1 [NFY]
Common Pug 3
Double-striped Pug 2
Muslin Moth 1
Pebble Prominent 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 6

Micro Moths

Argyresthia trifasciata 2 [NFY (netted)
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Cameraria ohridella 2 (netted)
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Eudonia angustea 1

Argyresthia trifasciata

Rustic Shoulder-knot

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