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 10 June 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 9th June 2009

Burnished Brass

Small Square-spot

Mottled Rustic

Archips podana

Another calm and mild night with little or no wind, the weather continues to be unsettled...the Moths however don't seem to mind, luckily the rain seems to be holding off until dawn, again getting abit wet thi mornin, the Moths however were not soggy lucky for them!
Over the moon for a confirmed Mottled Rustic a Moth which is new for my Garden, quite a small non-descript brown looking Moth, but its a welcome addition to the Garden checklist!
Also one of my favourite Moths made an appearance, a Burnished Brass, these Moths belong in a categorey of their own for the sheer beauty of them, and they are one Moth that actually look pretty special when you use the camera flash!

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

1x Mottled Rustic [NFG]
1x Burnished Brass [NFY]
1x Small Square-spot [NFY]
1x Archips podana [NFY]
1x Spruce Carpet
1x Currant Pug
1x Brown House-moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)
2x Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana)
3x Udea olivalis
Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella)
2x Blood-vein
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Scorched Wing
2x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Small Waved Umber
8x Buff Ermine
4x White Ermine
12x Heart & Dart
1x The Flame
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
4x Marbled Minor sp.
2x Uncertain
1x Spectacle
3x Straw Dot


  1. I agree about the Burnished Brass. One cracking species, Ben.
    Oh, and well done with your first Ingrailed Clay, in the previous post.

  2. Very impressed with your Moth Images and List.
    Thankyou for showing.

  3. Thankyou Dean I appreciate the feedback and thankyou also John
    I hope some of the images help with identifications etc.

    More to come....watch this space.