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

Friday 19 March 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Thursday night

An exceedingly mild night saw another good catch to be had, with temperatures well above average at night at 14c then dropping to 11c this morning.
It was nice to get two new for year species, being Early Grey & Clouded Drab.
Common Quaker
was found in good numbers too with 14 being recorded and the variation was huge with some having dark bands running across the forewing whilst others a rich olive bown to light brown, and others almost grey in appearance.


Early Grey

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 18/03/10 - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Early Grey [NFY]
1x Clouded Drab [NFY]
1x Dotted Border
14x Common Quaker
4x Small Quaker
4x Satellite
1x Oak Beauty
4x Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Tortricodes alternella


  1. Hi Ben,
    A decent catch compared to mine. I have fowarded the Acleris. sp onto David Manning. I think you are absolutely correct, but there is A. logiana as well, It may not be possible to tell without dissection!

    Thanks again,

  2. You get some good moths down there Ben. I would like an Oak Beauty in the garden...

  3. Thanks guys.
    Yes although the season has been slow so far it's really picking up now! I can't wait for about May time!