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

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Saturday 22 June 2013

Our babies are growing!

Just thought I would share with everyone our beautiful little Puss Moth caterpillars that were kindly donated by Graeme Smith then subsequently the eggs were baby-sitted by Colin Plant!
They hatched on Tuesday 18th of June and are already into their second instar. They appear to like the selected Sallow species of tree we found right at the end of our bridleway, unfortunately we could only fine one tree, luckily it is a good mature one!

Here are a few pictures of them.

1st Instar 19/06/13

2nd Instar - 22/06/13

2nd Instar - 22/06/13

Can you spot all 4

A new home


  1. I tried to rear Puss Moths this year after finding eggs next to one of the traps. I tried them on a species of willow, but they didn't make it :(

  2. Ah thats sad to hear Matt, I had a similiar problem when I offered them Poplar, they just would not settle down and eat and thought I better find some Sallow, luckily they took to that and are getting bigger slowly.