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

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Thursday 28 January 2010

Parndon Wood - Wednesday 27th January 2010

Did a session at a local Woodland this evening from 4.30pm until 12am

Using a 160w MBT Robinson setup and 40w hanging Actinic along with a vertical hanging sheet and 2 ground sheets, I placed the Robinson one side of the sheet and supported the Actinic the other side of the sheet.

The weather wasn't great and persisted with showers and strong gusts but eventually did settle at about 10pm, mildish evening between 4 and 6c.

The catch was as follows and was surprisingly good with a few early species noticeably March Moth, some brilliant variations of Spring Usher and some pretty Dotted Borders too


Dotted Border

March Moth

Mottled Umber

Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

Catch Report Sunday 27th January 2010
Parndon Wood - 160w MBT Robinson + 40w Actinic

Macro Moths

3x Chestnut [NFY]
6x Dotted Border [NFY]
4x Mottled Umber [NFY]
2x March Moth [NFY]
14x Pale Brindled Beauty [NFY]
14x Spring Usher [NFY]
1x Satellite [NFY]

Micro Moths

None recorded


  1. Well done on a decent catch Ben. Spring Usher is one of my favourites of the early species.

  2. Thanks Dean.
    Yes it's a beauty and there are so many varieties.