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 5 April 2012

Catch Report - 04/04/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Into April we go and the weather has certainly changed, with meagre trapping opportunities lately, I did bite the bullet and set it up last night, but when I got back from the cinema and as dusk was falling it looked increasingly stormy....shall I bring it in, I was telling myself, no it will be fine, it has a rain guard on it! I was still doubtful as the wind increased and blew the egg trays surrounding the trap all over the garden, they were brought in!
Still I managed a worthy haul including 3 nfy's Powdered Quaker, Nut-tree Tussock and Common Pug.

Catch Report - 04/04/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

3x Nut-tree Tussock [NFY]
1x Powdered Quaker [NFY]
2x Common Pug [NFY]
1x Twin-spotted Quaker
12x Small Quaker
5x Common Quaker
14x Hebrew Character
12x Clouded Drab
1x March Moth
1x Early Grey

Micro Moths

1x Diurnea fagella

Powdered Quaker

Common Pug

Common Footman Caterpillar


  1. Thats a very well marked Powdered Q Ben, ours are much paler than that with finer spots.

  2. Hi Stewart
    Yes it's the best marked one i've ever seen too.

  3. Very smart PQ there Ben. Still waiting for the first of the year here.

    Garden trap in a bit of a lull at the moment...


  4. Thanks Dave :) yep not bothered a few nights now.