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

Sunday 31 October 2010

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Saturday night

Made a spooky trip last night, there was a halloween themed night on at Parndon, so I decided to take a trap and vertical white sheet and see if there was any moths around!

The conditions were quite frankly awful, a cool breeze and a completely clear sky hampered the catch, and after 2 hours I packed up.

I did manage a new species though! 8 of them to be precise the micro Diurnea lipsiella the Autumn equivalent of Diurnea fagella and pretty uncommon going on my Essex moth book.

Catch Report - Parndon Wood- 30/10/10 - 1x 160w Homemade MBT with vertical hanging sheet.


November Moth

Macro Moths

1x November Moth [NFY]
1x Silver-Y
7x Chestnut
1x Red-green Carpet
1x Brick
2x Mottled Umber

Diurnea lipsiella

Micro Moths

8x Diurnea lipsiella [NFS]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Acleris hastiana


  1. Must be about time to get out searching trunks and twigs for apterous females then - I'd really like to see a female Mottled Umber. D. lipsiella is also one I've not seen.

  2. Yep, it is indeed, although the weather is a bit rough at the moment. Good luck on your hunt!