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 23 February 2012

Catch Report - 22/02/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

A cracking night with temperatures getting milder as the night went on, at 12am when I returned home there were Moths everywhere! and I duly potted up 16 there and then.
By the morning a grand total of 31 Moths were to be found including 2 new for year Micro Moths, Acleris notana and Ypsolopha ustella.
5 each of Satellite and Spring Usher headed the Macro list.

The trap is all set again for tonight which promises to be just as mild.

Catch Report - 22/02/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

5x Spring Usher
5x Satellite
1x March Moth
1x Small Brindled Beauty
1x Pale Brindled Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha ustella [NFY]
2x Acleris notana [NFY]
5x Agonopterix heracliana
1x Acleris cristana
12x Tortricodes alternella

Acleris cristana

Acleris notana

Ypsolopha ustella


  1. Superb ! That's a great catch for the third week in Feb.

  2. Thanks Trent :) looking good for tonight as well.

  3. Ben, I'm really envious, two moths this morning, n=but before that a series of blank days. I don't know why but I never do well early in the season, what's the secret?