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

Sunday 28 June 2009

Catch Report - Saturday 27th June 2009

Bordered White

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Poplar Grey

Dot Moth

Iron Prominent

Buff Arches

Aleimma loeflingiana

Another mild but damp night this time, lots about including 4 new garden species! both Pretty Chalk Carpet and Aleimma loeflingiana i've seen before at Hatfield Forest and Thorndon Park respectively, but nice to now put them on the garden list.
My garden has been lacking in Wainscot species so a slightly worn and bald Shoulder-striped Wainscot was a nice addition, this wainscot feeding on grasses as opposed to other Wainscot's which feed on reed stems.

A record 82 species in one night for my Garden!

Catch Report
- Hatfield Broad Oak - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

1x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFG]
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot [NFG]
1x Bordered White [NFG]
1x Pretty Chalk Carpet [NFG]
1x Buff Arches [NFY]
1x Single-dotted Wave [NFY]
1x Iron Prominent [NFY]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Poplar Grey [NFY]
4x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]
2x Common Emerald
1x Blood-vein
1x Small Blood-vein
1x Least Carpet
2x Treble Brown-spot
8x Riband Wave
1x Garden Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Blue-bordered Carpet
2x Common Pug
3x Green Pug
1x V-Pug
2x Clouded Border
2x Scorched Carpet
1x Scorched Wing
3x Brimstone Moth
7x Swallow-tailed Moth
5x Orange Moth
2x Mottled Beauty
4x Willow Beauty
1x Common White Wave
2x Clouded Silver
3x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Swallow Prominent
1x Pale Prominent
1x Buff-tip
5x Common Footman
2x Buff Ermine
9x Heart & Dart
7c Heart & Club
3x Flame
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Small Square-spot
1x Nutmeg
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Dark Arches
1x Light Arches
2x Clouded Brindle
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Mabled Minor
5x Uncertain
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Marbled White-spot
1x Silver-Y
1x Burnished Brass
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
4x Straw Dot
2x Snout
1x Fan-foot
3x Small Fan-foot
1x Buttoned Snout
2x Prays fraxinella
3x Diamond-back Moth plutella xylostella
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix andemis cerasana
2x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
3x Cnephasia sp.
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Hedya pruniana
2x Crambus pascuella
1x Crambus perlella
2x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata
1x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
3x Udea olivalis
2x Endotricha flammealis
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epinotia immundana


  1. Some cracking moths & pics from the last few posts, Ben.
    ps : keep on adding to your garden list. It can only get bigger.

  2. Thanyou Dean, yes hopefully! its so nice to see a wealth of different species.