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 1 March 2012

Catch Report - 29/02/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Leap year night and so March is already upon us...how quick has this year gone already!
A very good night moth-wise with high numbers again, best moths were my first spring reecord of Grey Shoulder-knot and a single Small Brindled Beauty.

A rise from 2 (from the previous night) to 10 (this morning) Hebrew Character's was of note.

One more night of trapping for me tonight then i'm having the weekend off.

Catch Report - 29/02/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

1x Grey Shoulder-knot [NFY]
3x Dotted Border
10x Hebrew Character

10x Satellite
2x March Moth
2x Oak Beauty
8x Pale Brindled Beauty
4x Small Quaker
2x Common Quaker
10x Chestnut
2x Spring Usher
1x Small Brindled Beauty

Micro Moths

10x Tortricodes alternella
4x Agonopterix heracliana
1x Ypsolpha ustella

Grey Shoulder-knot

Ypsolopha ustella


  1. Another good return there Ben.

    It has certainly been a great start to the mothing year.

    Long may it continue


  2. Thanks Dave, yes it has been prett damn good! all the best for you too.