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

Thursday 25 June 2009

Thorndon Park (Essex) - Wednesday 24th June 2009

Rosy Marbled

Peacock Moth

Rosy Footman

Magpie Moth

Lobster Moth

Great Oak Beauty

Brown Silver-line

Brindled White-spot

Clay Triple-lines

Lozotaeniodes formosanus

Went out last night to Thorndon Park just south of Brentwood with a new face, Graham. Abit cool and windy in parts of the woodland but we managed to find a secluded area.Lots of Moths coming to 125mv and a few stragglers to my 40w Actinic. Species wise we fell just short of 50 I believe, although there's still some confirmations to be sorted out, I've been told that on a calmer night in certain parts it will do in excess of 100 early summer and 150 species late summer.

Highlights and rarities of the night were Rosy Marbled, Clay Triple-lines, Lobster Moth, Brindled White-spot and a Suspected including 5 what we think were Great Oak Beauties.

Also some interesting micro's which are pending identification.

Here's the list of Macro's at the moment, micro's to follow.


Peach Blossom
Buff Arches
Blotched Emerald
Common Emerald
Maiden's Blush
Clay Triple-lines
Least Carpet
Treble-brown Spot
Riband Wave
Broken-barred Carpet
Small Yellow Wave
Magpie Moth
Peacock Moth
Clouded Border
Brown Silver-line
Scorched Wing
Willow Beauty
Pale Oak Beauty
Great Oak Beauty
Brindled White-spot
Common White Wave
Clouded Silver
Light Emerald
Barred Red
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lobster Moth
White Ermine
Heart & Dart
Large Yellow Underwing
Ingrailed Clay
Small Square-spot
Grey Arches
Poplar Grey
Brown Rustic
Dark Arches
Light Arches
Marbled Minor
Treble Lines
Marbled White Spot
Straw Dot
Rosy Marbled


  1. Good selection there, Ben. Some of which, i can only dream of seeing.
    Looking forward to seeing the pics.

  2. Hi Ben - I'm most impressed at your numbers and variety of moths - a lot more than we get in Leeds! Excellent pics too. I'll keep checking in. All best for now Martin