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 30 June 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 28th June 2009

Dotted Fan-foot


Small Dotted Buff

Small China-mark
Cataclysta lemnata


The other night after work I decided to take my 40w Actinic trap and sheet to this unrecorded location.
Pleasantly surprised to find Dotted Fan-foot in numbers, this Moth being a nationally scarce B species but seems to be doing well in recent years here in Essex and expanding its range.

Also a lovely Drinker Moth and 52 smoky Wainscot! most of them netted and a Phoenix Moth which sadly wouldn't settle for a good photograph.
So many micros about that I just didn't have time to count them all!
I shall be returning! only gripe was that there were literally hundreds of Gnats/Midges and I got bitten to bits, still it was all worth it!

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak(Marshland/Grassland) - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

8x Dotted Fan-foot [NFS]
4x Small Dotted Buff [NFS]
1x Small China-mark [NFS]
1x Phoenix [NFS]
1x Drinker [NFY]
1x Brown China-mark
2x Flame
1x Dusky Brocade
52x Smoky Wainscot
12x Middle-barred Minor
2x Heart & Dart
7x Ringed China-mark
1x Clouded Border
1x Privet Hawk-moth


  1. That`s right, Ben. With the moths, come the mozzies and the like. I hate it when they pay attention to your eyes.

  2. Great collection on show, well done.
    I manage to collect a lot of Moths from Supermarkets,there bright out door lights seem to attract a large selection.
    I also use a mothing Trap.

  3. Yes Dean, also that horrible noise you get when one goes in your ear!

    Thanks John for the kind words.