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 20 May 2013

Do I try my Actinic....

Just the 6 moths last night, and just one new for the year a slightly worn Brimstone Moth. At this rate I am contemplating switching to my Actinic!
This really is all rather worrying, with people still getting singles of moths in ideal habitat.

Catch Report - 19-05-13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths  

1x Brimstone Moth [NFY]
1x Early Grey
1x Garden Carpet

2x Double-striped Pug

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Brimstone Moth


  1. Definitely try the actinic.
    125 watt MV is pulling a lot of moths, but they are probably settling on trees 50 yards away !
    I couldn't even run an 80 w MV in my garden, the neighbours would go mad as it lights up the whole garden AND my two neighbours gardens, so I run twin PL 11w BL and a twin 20w BLB/15w BL tubes.
    The twin PL 2 pin BL lamp had 4 x 11w lamps, but I found that 44 watts was too bright so I halved it to two and still get plenty of moths.
    Give the BL actinic a try Ben ... you should be getting a lot more than you have been, considering your location.

  2. I'm on it tonight, going to try twin 40w actinic tubes and see what I get :) I will leave my MV switched off and just dangle them either side of the funnel.