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 21 May 2024

Double post of year-listers

Things have got away from me a bit, it's been hard to keep up with listing all the moths once more, so here are two back-to-back catches from Friday and Saturday night with just nthe new species listed. 
Both were warmish nights but breezy and with clearing skies once more, things haven't really settled down just yet.
Friday night saw 6 newbies added to the running tally, and Saturday night yielded a further 4 year ticks.
Best moths included a mint Shears (not a commn moth in my garden) a Dark Spectacle, and amongst several Silver Y and Plutella xylostella on Saturday night was a White-point.

Not bad at all, but generally species and numbers did drop over the weekend due to the overnight conditions, and micros have been virtually non-existent.
Rain rain and more rain now, so I and the moths deserve a night off.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 211 species
17/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Flame 1 [NFY]
Large Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Large Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Shears 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths  

Crambus lathoniellus 1 [NFY]
Dichrorampha simpliciana 1 [NFY]

18/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths 

Dark Spectacle 1 [NFY]
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 [NFY]
Treble-bar 1 [NFY]
White-point [NFY]
Crambus lathoniellus

Dichrorampha simpliciana


Foxglove Pug

Large Nutmeg

Large Yellow Underwing


Dark Spectacle




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