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

Monday 5 July 2010

Great Oak Beauties

My favourite of the beauties, these are really huge especially the big females, these two were trapped in mature oak woodland and numbered 15+ which is exceptional for such a local moth.

Two are shown for variation.

Great Oak Beauty


  1. Nice moths Ben...Don't see those in my garden, there are no mature oaks in the vicinity.

  2. Could do with that species here in VC55. Pale Oak Beauty has increased markedly in the last few years, but no increase in Satin Beauty in same period and not a sniff of Great Oak.

  3. It's only time guys! apparently Pale Oak was rare around these parts 30 years ago, now its a regular to my Garden and several places i've visited it can be common, though i've never had a Great Oak in my Garden!