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

Friday 2 March 2012

Catch Report - 01/03/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Happy St.David's day and a memorable night for me as well with two species I didn't expect to find in my trap this morning, Ypsolopha mucronella and a Dotted Chestnut.
The Ypsolopha mucronella is my 3rd ever in 6 years and new for the garden.
The Dotted Chestnut is my 7th and first for my garden as well.

The rest of the catch comprised of the usual suspects.

The trap is now packed away for the weekend and possibly well into the week as chilly temperatures are once upon us (I wonder how many people made the mistake of planting bulbs already!)

Catch Report - 01/03/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

1x Dotted Chestnut [NFY]
3x Dotted Border
13x Hebrew Character

10x Satellite
1x March Moth
5x Oak Beauty
5x Pale Brindled Beauty
13x Small Quaker
1x Common Quaker
9x Chestnut

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolpha mucronella [NFY]
5x Tortricodes alternella

Dotted Chestnut

Ypsolopha mucronella


  1. To very nice moths there Ben. Y. mucronella is very rare here in VC55, whereas Dotted Chestnut doesn't even exist here!

  2. Thanks Mark, I bet you get some that I don't get! Broom moth is non-existant here and would love to see one.