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 22 May 2024

The usual fare & two brown jobs new for year

A rather average catch on Sunday night, which has allowed me to catch up a bit (And also what with the god awful weather we have had this past 24hrs).

20 species is about average for the time of year for my garden, rising to around double that in just two weeks time normally, we'll see!
Best moths were two new for year species, the migrant Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella) & two Ringed China-marks (Parapoynx stratiotata) the former uncommon here, in fact I dipped on this species last year, but the latter species is very common here, usually numbering in the 50's for the year.

Photos were challenging to say the least, in the bright sunshine and brisk breeze.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 213 species
19/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Buff-tip 2
Common Swift 5
Figure of Eighty 1
Garden Carpet 2
Light Brocade 3
Marbled Minor 3
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Silver Y 3
Snout 1
Spectacle 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Treble Lines 4
Turnip Moth 4
Vine's Rustic 1
White Ermine 2

Micro Moths

Nomophila noctuella 1 [NFY]
Parapoynx stratiotata 2 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Nomophila noctuella

Parapoynx stratiotata


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