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 23 March 2012

Catch Report - 22/03/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Giving the moths a night off yesterday, and last night I was back to trapping under clear skies but the temperature did not fall away as expected and held at a steady 7-8c all night.
The usual mixture was found in and around the trap.

Best by far were 4 Lead-coloured Drabs bringing the year total to 9, more than I have ever recorded before, and all being different specimens.

A Grey Shoulder-knot was also nice to get as I don't see many of these, and also a huge Hebrew Character, not far off Twin-spotted Quaker size looked rather odd!

Catch Report - 22/03/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

11x Twin-spotted Quaker
4x Lead-coloured Drab
218x Small Quaker
29x Common Quaker
42x Hebrew Character
42x Clouded Drab
1x March Moth
1x Early Grey
1x Grey Shoulder-knot
1x Oak Beauty
2x Satellite

Micro Moths

2x Agonopterix heracliana

Lead-coloured Drabs

Clouded Drabs

The huge Hebrew Character

Early Grey

Grey Shoulder-knot


  1. You seem to be prolific at catching these Lead-coloured Drabs! I don't have the confidence to call them, can you perhaps explain the main differences between them and Clouded Drab, in your experience?


    Steve T

  2. Hi Steve
    The main difference is the rounded wing-tips. In Clouded Drab, these are pointed. Also they are slightly wider and dumpier in appearance.
    Thanks and hope you get one soon :)