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

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Catch Report - 26/03/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Warm sunny cloudless days, followed by cold and clear nights with ground frosts for the last 3 mornings, yesterday morning I was scraping ice from the car! this morning, slightly milder at around 4c.
Not much variety on the moth front, with only another Lead-coloured Drab to get excited about bringing my garden total to 10 this year.

Catch Report - 26/03/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

12x Twin-spotted Quaker
1x Lead-coloured Drab
75x Small Quaker
26x Common Quaker
46x Hebrew Character
45x Clouded Drab
1x March Moth
1x Oak Beauty
2x Satellite
3x Red Chestnut

Micro Moths

None recorded!

Left: Clouded Drab Right: Lead-coloured Drab

Red Chestnuts


  1. Ben, I still struggle with Clouded and Lead-coloured.
    Apart from the obvious male antennae, what are the best field marks ?

  2. Ermm
    Rounded wing-tips
    3 or 4 Black dots on the wing (not always present)
    and a gingery colouration just above the kidney mark.
    I always thought they were smaller, but this pic proves that wrong!
    no probs.

  3. Cheers Ben,
    Plenty of Cloudeds in the garden.
    I actually had a good look at one last night in Matts trap.
    None so far at The Dells