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

Wednesday 7 April 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Tuesday night

Another bumper haul, and 3 new for year species including Early Thorn (found feeding from Sallow) a slightly tatty Red Chestnut and 2 forms of the micro Diurnea fagella
It was to be a mild night with lots of cloud cover but about 10pm the clear skies came into force and it turned chilly, still..the egg boxes were heaving on both sides and more were recorded than the previous night.


Early Thorn

Red Chestnut

Diurnea fagella

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 06/04/10 - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Early Thorn [NFY]
1x Red Chestnut [NFY]
17x Clouded Drab
25x Small Quaker
29x Common Quaker
16x Hebrew Character
5x Early Grey
1x Satellite

Micro Moths

2x Diurnea fagella [NFY]
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Agonopterix heracliana


  1. Nice catch Ben!

    Easpecially the Red Chestnut, they seem to be very rare in these parts.
    By the way, there seems to be a problem for me in accessing the rest of your blog. I can't roll the blog down passed your latest posting- I tried other blogs and it seems to be working. I don't know whether it's your blog or my aging computer!

    All the best,


  2. Hi Matt

    O dear i'm not sure what is up with it, it works on my computer (then again it probably would as its the pc I use to edit it on)
    What browser are you using?
    I'm using firefox.

    I'm aware that the top picture does not work on Internet Explorer.

  3. Hi Ben,

    Yeah I'm using explorer on Windows XP. You're right, I can't see the top picture but used to be able to scroll down your blog- now I can't even do that!
    The scroll ber lets me get no further than your latest post.
    I'm no expert, so don't know how to solve this problem........