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

Thursday 17 November 2011

Catch Report - 16/11/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Not a bad night by recent weather conditions with 7 moths last night, including 3 more Scarce Umber's which was a nice surprise, having never recorded this species in the previous 5 years, to get 4 over 2 nights is pretty special.

Catch Report - 16/11/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

3x Scarce Umber

1x December Moth

1x Sprawler

1x November Moth

1x Feathered Thorn

Micro Moths

None Recorded

Scarce Umber


  1. Hi Ben,

    I'm surprised you don't get a lot more. I dropped a small actinic in local woods last week and trapped 6. I have only recorded 1 in the garden in 3 years, but they seem to be more a deciduous woodland species- Where you are in Herts, I think you'll trap them in good numbers every year.

  2. Cheers Matt, yes it is the first year that i've trapped at my new area, having moved back home to parents.
    Yep hope I see a few more, but December's are doing just as well, already have 3 tonight so far which is promising.