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 2 March 2016

Right on que for March

Yesterday it was a mild and balmy 12 degrees with little wind but unfortunately plenty of rain! The temperature did drop to 5c this morning and the wind had increased so I wasn't expecting much if anything at all, so I was pleasantly surprised to find 6 moths in and around the trap.
Four of them were March Moths (They must have knew the date) and incidentally four is the most i've trapped in one sitting in the garden.  

Catch Report -  01/03/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

4x March Moth [NFY]
2x Common Quaker

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

March Moth


  1. Still not had March Moth over here; Brindled Beauty as you know the 1st Pug of the year for me.

    Changed the blog address Ben to www.themothtrap.blogspot.com

    Ta Lee

  2. Interesting overlapping wings on that fellow

  3. Thanks Lee, will add it now. Yes Simon, quite unusual stealth fighter appearance!

  4. I struggle for March Moth in my backyard. Didn't record it last year

  5. Hope you get one this year buddy.