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

Monday 1 October 2012

Large Thorn?

Found this morning drowning to death on the patio :( also my 5th Large Ranunculus sitting on the fence post.
Fw 2.2cm long


  1. Ben,

    Looks like your new garden is doing well.

    It's a shame the Thorn had gone for a swim. The mottling certainly looks good for Large and it certainly looks bulky, although size is notoriously difficult to judge from images.

    I'd say it is as you suspect.


  2. Thanks Dave.
    Yes the size and mottling to the hindwing clinched it for me, the size is right at the top end for September Thorn and Canary-shouldered, both which it looked nothing like.
    All the best.