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 24 June 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 23rd June 2009

Beautiful Golden-Y

Dipleurina lacustrata

Dark Spectacle

Peppered Moth

Cnephasia sp.

Best Moth of the night a Beautiful Golden-Y a new one for me, what a stunning looking Moth!
Other highlights were 7! Privet Hawk-moths new for garden Dipleurina lacustrata and a new for year Dark Spectacle, backed up by roughly 35 species of other Moths.

Conditions were calm and mild, but again towards dawn it became breezy and cooler, tonight though has been blisteringly hot with temperatures soaring to 25c

Tonight I hope to get out in the field to Thorndon Park with some other Mothy folk! look forward to it.

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

1x Beautiful Golden-Y [NFG]
2x Dipleurina lacustrata [NFG]
1x Udea prunalis [NFY]
1x Dark Spectacle [NFY]
3x Riband Wave
7x Privet Hawk-moth
3x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Buff Ermine
21x Heart & Dart
1x Brown Rustic
1x Small Fan-foot
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Crambus perlella
2x Crambus pascuella
3x Barred Yellow
1x Common Footman
3x Heart & Club
2x Rustic
8x Uncertain
1x Peppered Moth
2x Treble Brown-spot
1x Clouded Border
1x Double Square-spot
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Willow Beauty
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
3x Cnephasia sp.
2x Minor sp.
1x Light Arches
2x Dark Arches
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot


  1. Beautiful Golden Y`s are as beautiful as their name suggests.
    Good luck out in the field, Ben.

  2. Thanks Dean, yes my Field trip results are up and half there, need to collate the micros now and then upload some piccies!
    Take it easy.