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 30 October 2011

Catch Report - 28/10/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Still mild and with winds from the south again, recorded another bumper catch on the farm, with 73 Moths of 21 species with a few migrants including a good amount of Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1 Dark Sword-grass and a first for me in the UK, a Pearly Underwing! very happy with this rather non-descript Moth that looks like a worn Dark Sword-grass! It's not a rare Moth by any means but I believe it is the first to be recorded this year for Hertfordshire. A night break last night because of Halloween Party meant the trap stayed in the garage, but it's going out again tonight as we are in for a warm, still and dry one.

Catch Report - 28/10/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden
Macro Moths

Macro Moths

1x Pearly Underwing [NEW!]
1x Dark Sword-grass
3x Sprawler
8x Chestnut
3x Feathered Thorn
1x November Moth
3x Red-green Carpet
11x Satellite
3x Red-line Quaker
6x Brick
3x Large Wainscot
2x Barred Sallow
5x Yellow-line Quaker
2x Angle Shades
1x Dusky-lemon Sallow
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1x Beaded Chestnut
2x Green-brindled Crescent
8x Merveille du Jour

Micro Moths

3x Blastobasis adustella

Pearly Underwing

Left: Dark Sword-grass Right: Pearly Underwing


  1. I must say, you seem to be taking the rest of us to the cleaners of late Ben!
    You must have a really good spot there, nice to see a few migrants around too! Still time for a Scarce Bordered Straw I fancy.......

  2. Cheers Matt, well I think it's like you say due to the location, i've just checked out there after nearly 3 hours the lights attracting 1 MDJ so far, either they fly later or tonight will be a poor night! Yes only seen that species once and that was in my old house in Essex back in 2008.
    A Gem, Streak or Flame Brocade would be nice.