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 24 June 2024


Things are really hotting up out there now, the daytime temperatures are reaching the mid to high 20's now, but the nights, although warm are pretty cloudless sadly and we are still in the 'bright moon' phase as the full moon starts to wane.
Saturday night was a pretty decent night with varying amounts of cloud, and lows of 14c.
At 4am the sky was completely clear, but by the morning it was thick cloud, typical!

A good selection of moths were found, around 45 species but I'm running out of time to list everything now, so just the new for year species will be listed.

Highlights were a lovely furry and fluffy Lobster Moth and a plethora of micro moths, mainly made up of Tortrix moths.

Another warm night tonight hopefully, but with zero cloud and a near full moon rising at midnight I don't think it will be that busy.
Moth garden list for 2024 stands at 344 species
22/06/24 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Lobster Moth 1 [NFY]
Uncertain 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths 

Aglossa pinguinalis 1 [NFY]
Anarsia innoxiella 1 [NFY]
Cydia fagiglandana 1 [NFY]
Metalampra italica 1 [NFY]
Pammene fasciana 1 [NFY]
Piniphila bifasciana 1 [NFY]

Aglossa pinguinalis

Anarsia innoxiella

Cydia fagiglandana

Lobster Moth

Metalampra italica

Pammene fasciana

Piniphila bifasciana



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