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

Friday 19 June 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 18th June 2009

Foxglove Pug

Small Emerald

Blotched Emerald

Puss Moth

With conditions continuing to be favourable it seems silly not to trap every night, the Moths are taken abit further away now to avoid recaptures, although this is inevitable given the nature of Moths liking for bright lights as soon as they are on the wing!
2 new species for my ever growing Garden list, a Puss Moth a very strange curled up thing with see-through wings, somehow still beautiful! and a Foxglove Pug, which I was waitin for as we have Foxgloves to the front of the property.

Blotched Emerald making its yearly appearance, albeit a tatty individual, other interesting finds were a stunted Privet Hawk-moth, half the size of another that was in the trap, very strange indeed!

Not as many micro's about either this morning, this could be down to cooler temperatures.

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

1x Foxglove Pug [NFG]
1x Puss Moth [NFG]
1x Small Emerald [NFY]
1x Blotched Emerald [NFY]
1x Lime Hawk-moth (a Male this time)
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
14x Heart & Dart
3x Mottled Rustic
9x Dark Arches
1x Small Square-spot
7x Willow Beauty
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Garden Carpet
2x Straw Dot
1x Common Wainscot
3x Burnished Brass
1x Spectacle
2x Barred Straw
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Hedya pruniana
4x Udea olivalis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Common Footman
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Light Arches
3x Marbled Minor sp.
2x Uncertain
2x Silver-Y
1x Buff-tip
1x Small Fan-foot


  1. You`re doing well, Ben. Some brill species there.

  2. Hi Ben - on that coronet I had, did you mean varied? It looks a lot more like a marbled than a varied, checking the book? Cheers, jerry - and ps you did indeed get a great selection

  3. Hi Jerry

    sorry for the mistake, its a Coronet :)

    Thankyou Dean