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

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Saturday 14 August 2010

Lack of updates

I apologise for the lack of updates, but have been really busy.
I haven't made any trips out recently as the weather has not been very favourable and i'm hoping for a few warm nights next week! fingers crossed.

I have though been sorting out Moth studying equipment for taking with me to Spain in 2 weeks time.
I am going for the mobile approach so I have purchased 3 4w UV bank checkers that run on 4 AA batteries each (using rechargeable batteries should make these useful)
Also I have found a really cheap camping lantern (£5) from Wilkinson's after being told about these, I purchased one. It runs off of 4x D batteries (again rechargeable) and I am trying to source a 4-pin 9w compact blacklight bulb to replace the bulb that is in it.

All these will be run at the same time in conjunction with a vertical white sheet and a white sheet on the floor, hoping for some unusual moths!

The UV Bank Checker (used to distinguish real from fake, uv so should attract a few moths)

Wilkinson 9w UV lantern
(The bulb is probably good enough but looking to replace it with a proper blacklight)


  1. Hey Ben, I'm not 100% certain, but I've heard that moth trapping in Spain is illegal. Something to do with a threatened species of moon moth that people like to pin up as decoration......might be worth checking before you lug too much gear over there

  2. Hi Ben, I used a blacklight banknote checker back in march with a white sheet. The results were pretty good. Not heard about the Wilkinson 9W lantern. Will be interested to hear how it performs.