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 19 May 2010

Picking up speed

Superb temperatures for Moths at the moment, this catch was made under not at all favourable conditions, with clear skies throughout the night.
Highlight was 4 new for years! (about time!) and a brand new Garden species, an Ochreous Pug!


Pebble Prominent

Grey/Dark Dagger

White Ermine

Pale Mottled Willow

Ochreous Pug

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 18/05/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Ochreous Pug [NFG]
1x White Ermine [NFY]
1x Pale Mottled Willow [NFY]
1x Grey/Dark Dagger [NFY]
1x Pebble Prominent [NFY]
1x Pale Prominent
7x Hebrew Character
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Heart & Dart
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Muslin Moth
1x Powdered Quaker
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet

Micro Moths

None Recorded!


  1. Hi Ben,

    Have you got any pine in your area? We caught Ochreous Pug in Chicksands Wood, which has a lot of Scots Pine.....Well done on an excellent garden tick!


  2. Hi Matt, well I have a very large Norway Spruce in the back Garden, maybe it fed of that??