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 10 March 2014

O what a beautiful day! the night wasn't bad either....

A lovely sunny and warm day, and perfect to go to Church and see my niece get christened. We had a heady 19 degrees on the car coming home which may have been about right as they had predicted at least 17 degrees for the day.
The trap was once again put on at a slightly later time of 6.20pm (yes those days are slowly drawing out!)
This morning i was still 7 degrees with a slight nip in the air as the skies were clear all night.

In and around the trap were plenty of moths, all 37 of them, including year firsts of Clouded Drab (2) and Small Quaker (7), this now pushes me up to 20 species of moth for the year.

I also caught 4 Agonopterix heracliana, which will be once again checked for the 'other one'.

Edit: Yes all heracliana, with just the one prominent band on the cilia of the hindwing.

Catch Report - 09/03/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Clouded Drab [NFY]
7x Small Quaker [NFY]
8x Hebrew Character

3x March Moth
2x Chestnut

4x Oak Beauty
7x Common Quaker

Micro Moths

4x Agonopterix heracliana

Clouded Drab

Small Quaker


  1. Hi Ben! Glad things are gathering pace and all warmest to your niece. We are besotted here with grand daughter number one - her Mum isn't over keen on insects generally but is generously prepared for Little Emily to take an interest and - in due course - decide for herself. All warmest -and thanks so much for your expert comme Ts on my ID chaos. Martin

  2. Thanks Martin.
    Hehe, aww bless well I do hope she isn't scared of them at least! No problem, always here to help.