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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Sunday 5 July 2009

Trapping in adjacent Hertfordshire

Shaded Broad-bar

Large Twin-spot Carpet

Went for a trapping session in Hertfordshire, lots of Moths about under clear skies, Snout and Small Fan-footed Wave being the most common species and some of the best species included Large Twin-spot Carpet and Shaded Broad-bar.

Catch Report - Braughing - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Yellow Shell
Flame Shoulder
Common Marbled Carpet
Dwarf Cream Wave
Small fan-footed Wave
Beautiful Hook-tip
Treble Brown-spot
Single Dotted Wave
Least Carpet
Mottled Beauty
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Swallow-tailed Moth
Double Square-spot
Scorched Carpet
Brimstone Moth
Riband Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Common Carpet
Currant Pug
Green Pug
Buff Arches
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Common Pug
Large Yellow Underwing
Willow Beauty
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Heart & Club
Common Wainscot
Shaded Broad-bar
Short-cloaked Moth
Small Yellow Wave
Marbled Minor
Oak Nycteoline
Straw Dot


  1. Glad that you caught up with Shaded Broad-bar at last, Ben.

  2. Yeah thankyou, It really confused me as it just kept its wings shut like a Butterfly but on inspection the underside was completely plain compared to other similiar sized Carpet's which are usually patterned!