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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Wednesday 23 September 2009

Parndon Wood - Moth & Bat evening - Tuesday 22nd September 2009

Well what a great evening.
I arrived at 7pm to set-up traps, we had a total of 4 traps running. The Bat walk was interesting and although hard to see, the detectors helped greatly.
We then came to the first trap which seemed very interesting to the local Hornet population so with due care we stayed around abit with net in hand, and did manage a few Moths.
We then went to check on my trap running under several Oak's, again a few Moths about and I dare say we would have had a great haul if the lights were left on all night.
We packed up at about 10pm and the total list was only 15 species of Macro but lots of Brindled Green (a Moth i've never seen before) and The Brick was in great abundance.
Best Moth of the evening, a Large Thorn which landed on a youngster's hand! what a lucky find. Oak Hook-tip was also a good record with 3+ individuals.
All in all a great time meeting everybody and exciting the kids with something different, hey even the Mum's seemed quite impressed!

Large Thorn

Brindled Green

Total species list

Willow Beauty
Barred Sallow
Brindled Green
Common Marbled Carpet
Oak Hook-tip
Brimstone Moth
Large Thorn (Surely the best Moth of the night!)
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Square-spot Rustic
Yellow-line Quaker
Lunar Underwing


  1. I've not had Yellow-line Quaker or Brindled Green yet (I only caught Brindled Green in 2006).

  2. Yeah i've never had Brindled Green in my Garden since the 2 years i've been trapping, Yellow-line Quaker turned up last year in small nunmbers.