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

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Catch Report - 21/03/11

What a difference a day can make! beautiful rays of sunshine got the temperature upto 15c yesterday here, clouding over nicely for the evening, it seemed perfect conditions for moths...and it was! with 19 moths of 8 species trapped in 4 hours.
The best moth of the bunch was a pristine Lead-coloured Drab, a female this time given the size of it. Luckily I also trapped a Clouded Drab for comparison (just look at the rounded wing-tips of the Lead-coloured Drab as compared to the Squared-off tips of Clouded Drab)

5 species were new for the garden as well.

Monday - 21/03/11 - Bishop's Stortford Garden (total of 19 moths of 8 species) - Robinson 125w MV Trap

Lead-coloured Drab

Clouded Drab
(Left) Lead-coloured Drab (Right)



Macro Moths

1x Lead-coloured Drab [NFG]
1x Clouded Drab [NFG]
1x Engrailed [NFG]
2x Chestnut [NFG]
10x Common Quaker
2x Small Quaker
1x Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella [NFG]


  1. what a beatuiful pictures you have.

    I am an amatour photograf my self, I am from Sweden and I have a blog www.engstromsfoto.se (couldn't choise web place and name here so I took it through my google account) if you want to see it.

    I really will come back and enjoy more pictures from you.

    have a nice day

  2. Thankyou for your nice comments, You have a lovely website with some great pictures, my Swedish isn't too good though!