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 21 March 2016

Pale Pinion heads a healthy haul

Well, this was more like an expected Spring catch this morning..and a bit more!
17 moths of 7 species were counted in and around the trap with 5 new for years.
The night was completely overcast and relatively mild at 10pm it was still 7 degrees, only probably dipping early morning to 4 degrees.
The main reason I think I did better was that the wind was not a problem, in fact there was barely a breath of it last night up until when I went to bed.

Best moth of the night was an annual visitor to my garden but never common, a Pale Pinion.

Catch Report - 20/03/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Pinion [NFY]
1x Clouded Drab [NFY]
4x Common Quaker
3x Hebrew Character
3x Small Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix alstromeriana [NFY]
2x Agonopteris heracliana [NFY]
1x Diurnea fagella [NFY]
1x Acleris notana/ferrugana

The Macro Catch

Pale Pinion

Agonopteris heracliana

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Diurnea fagella


  1. Nice catch, I'm back from a liver damaging 3 days and nights in Prague so it's traps on tonight for some catch-up hopefully :)

  2. Nice one, hope you had a nice time! Good luck.