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 15 April 2015

Warm weather keeps them coming

I trapped again last night after a sweltering top temperature of 22 degrees was reached by mid-afternoon.
It was rather windy whilst I was setting up the trap at 7.30pm but by 8.30pm the wind had died down luckily.
This morning it was still 10 degrees.
A very pleasing haul with 3 new for year, 1 being an overdue new garden record...a Powdered Quaker.

Catch Report -  14/04/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Powdered Quaker [NFG]
1x Early Thorn [NFY]
1x Herald [NFY]
3x Brindled Pug
2x Double-striped Pug
17x Common Quaker
3x Small Quaker
3x Clouded Drab
6x Hebrew Character

2x Early Grey

Micro Moths

1x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 

Powdered Quaker



  1. The herald is a lovely moth to look at!

  2. Thanks Simon, it is a real treat to see!

  3. Cor, as Simon says, the Herald really is a beauty! Striking markings and colouring. Great shot, Ben ;o).

  4. Thanks Lucy, sorry missed your post! I am still geting use to the camera and wish I could make it sing as well as you make your's! Your photos are amazing.