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 15 May 2024

Cool and clear and blustery once more

And the moths knew that it wasn't a good night, just 12 species were recorded on Friday night under clear skies and a breezy night.
There were of course some very welcome new for year species, the best was a mint Lime Hawk-moth, the green theme continued with a cracking female Light Emerald, she was massive!
Last but not least were two Mottled Pugs.
The weekend was steady but not incredible. 

Luckily the nights are still just about warm enough for some activity.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 168 species
10/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Light Emerald 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Mottled Pug 2 [NFY]
Common Pug 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Waved Umber 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths
Monopis laevigella 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha basaltinella 3
Eudonia angustea 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 2
Neocochylis dubitana 1
Light Emerald

Lime Hawk-moth

Monopis laevigella

Mottled Pug


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