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 18 March 2010

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Wednesday night

Just returned from a field trip and was amazed once again at howe many Moths were about, this counmt below was as best as I could do, inevitably I missed more as even when I was packing up Moths kept flying from out of the darkness.
Shoulder-stripe was one of the last Moths to appear.

135 Moths of 14 Species counted, trap was out for 5 hours from 6.30pm to 11.30pm.

A mating pair of Dotted Border's (a first for me), Twin-spotted Quaker and Yellow Horned being the highlights.

The light also attracted a huge Great Diving Beetle and a toad lol!


Left to right : Common Quaker, Twin-spotted Quaker, Small Quaker

Hebrew Character

Oak Beauty


Yellow Horned

Dotted Border: Female (Top) Male (Bottom)

Catch Report - Wednesday 17th March 2010 - Parndon Wood - 160w Robinson Trap + 40w Hanging Actinic w/White hanging sheet & ground sheets

Macro Moths

19x Satellite
34x Small Quaker
8x Dotted Border (1 female)
7x Chestnut
12x Small Brindled Beauty
10x Common Quaker
5x Hebrew Character
12x Oak Beauty [NFY]
6x March Moth
8x Yellow Horned (Target species) [NFY]
1x Twin-spotted Quaker [NFY]
1x Shoulder-stripe [NFY]

Micro Moths

1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
11x Tortricodes alternella

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