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

Friday 31 May 2024

Weather Woes

Absolutely terrible weather lately, a cool clear or misty nights, rain, rain, more rain, and then some more rain for good measure.
Did I mention the wind as well? It's been so bad, I didn't even light up last night (Although a moth was sat on the french door, attracted to the lit window, a bonus new Buff Ermine)
Wednesday night was rather uninspiring with less moths than was hoped, but all certainly wasn't lost with 3 new species and a rather dashingly coloured Coronet.

Just waiting on a better night now..

Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 250 species
29/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Leopard Moth 1 [NFY]
Small Blood-vein 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 1
Buff-tip 1
Common Swift 2
Coronet 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 1
Heart & Dart 2
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Light Brocade 1
Light Emerald 1
Marbled Minor 4
Mottled Pug 1
Mottled Rustic 1
Peppered Moth 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Silver Y 1
Snout 2
Treble Lines 2
Turnip Moth 4
White-point 1

Micro Moths

Aethes beatricella 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 1
Bryotropha basaltinella 1
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Epiphyas postvittana 2


30/05/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire

Macro Moths

Buff Ermine 1 [NFY] (To lit window)

Buff Ermine

Aethes beatricella


Leopard Moth

Small Blood-vein


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