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

Thursday 1 October 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 30th September 2009

Well my first proper trip to Parndon Wood (SSSI) tonight from 7-10pm I set-up the 160w Robinson trap up and waited with baited breath.
Mild with clearing skies as it was getting dark and lots of Moths about within 5 minutes, then it just got cooler and cooler and cooler and the moon came out...it did partially cloud over some time later but this did not raise the temperature anymore.
Very pleased with a good mix of Moths with new for year of Feathered Thorn and a welcome return of the Satellite.
The Male Vapourer Moth was the real icing on the cake as you'll see in my previous post!

The Micros was represented by a very pretty Acleris notana/ferrugana

Catch Report - Parndon Wood (SSSI) - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Vapourer Moth

Brindled Green


Red-green Carpet

Feathered Thorn


Macro Moths

1x Vapourer Moth [NFS]
1x Feathered Thorn [NFY]
10x Barred Sallow
9x Brick
1x Brindled Green
2x Chestnut
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Deep-brown Dart
2x Red-green Carpet
3x Red-line Quaker
3x Satellite
2x Willow Beauty


Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Acleris sparsana
1x Acleris notana/ferrugana

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