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 23 October 2011

Catch Report - 22/10/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

A great result last night with 34 moths of 15 species which included only my 3rd ever Dark Chestnut, not much to look at but it was in pristine condition and it does exist still! also another moth turned up that I have less than 10 records for and that was a single Grey Shoulder-knot. The mothing season is not over yet then! it also looks pretty peachy for tonight as well. The temperature holding at about 9c all night and dominant cloud cover no doubt made all the difference.

Catch Report - 22/10/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden

Macro Moths

1x Dark Chestnut [NFY]
1x Grey Shoulder-knot [NFY]

2x Grey-pine Carpet

1x Sallow

3x Green-brindled Crescent

1x Turnip Moth

2x November Moth

8x Yellow-line Quaker

5x Chestnut
4x Satellite

1x Barred Sallow
2x Red-line Quaker
1x Beaded Chestnut

1x Mottled Umber

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis laticolella

Dark Chestnut

Left: Dark Chestnut Right: Chestnut

Grey Shoulder-knot

Turnip Moth



  1. Nice comparison shot there between the two Chestnuts, almost makes seperating the look look easy!


  2. Thanks Bill :) yes it does when you get a light Chestnut and a 'dark' Dark Chestnut!