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

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Garden Trap 29-01-13 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Well nearly a whole month goes by without a single trapping session and a good helping of post-Christmas snow, it was finally time to set-up the trap again....and I am glad I did as I was rewarded with 15 Moths this morning! and 2 new for the garden.
The wine race is on! (Trent & Matt) you will both notice that in one of my pictures below, I have a selection of wines available, and if I lose at the end of the year then the winner will pick one!

Catch Report - 29-01-13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Spring Usher [NFG]
1x Chestnut [NFY]

5x Pale Brindled Beauty
Micro Moths   

8x Tortricodes alternella [NFG]

Back garden under 4 inches of snow

Our Driveway

Part of the catch 1

Part of the catch 2

Tortricodes alternella's


  1. Great catch Ben,
    13 degrees last night and I didn't trap. Still, the rest of the week looks OK.

    p.s. Where's the Wine??

    1. bottom picture, top left, a few different varieties and I am sure they will increase in alcohol content by the end of the year! Thanks, it was quite unexpected from my small garden

  2. I didn't trap either it was blowing a gale through my garden.
    Overnight low was 7.6 deg, and that's higher than a lot of nights last August !