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

Monday 6 May 2024

Sadness and shock

It was a funny old morning in the saddest way possible.
I was scouring the patio and trapping area at 5am on Friday morning looking for moths that had been attracted to my trap the night before, and then it happened, crunch! I had stepped on a bloody moth and a big one at that, a female Puss Moth, gutted beyong belief.
I took a quick photo and I guess she would of ended up as food for something or other.
That was the sadness.
The shock was observing a Tortrix at 5:15am fluttering around the FUN bucket lure, potted up it was to be a lovely fresh Epiblema scutulana, a known lure for this species having recorded it now three years in a row.
Other bits included a slightly early Male Common Swift and a couple of Chocolate-tips.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 108 species
02/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Chocolate-tip 2 [NFY] 
Common Swift 1 [NFY]
Puss Moth 1 [NFY] (Female, sadly trodden on)
Common Pug 1
Garden Carpet 2
Hebrew Character 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Muslin Moth 4
Yellow-barred Brindle 1
Micro Moths 

Epiblema scutulana 1 [NFY] )To FUN Lure)
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 3


Common Swift

Epiblema scutulana

Puss Moth

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