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 17 June 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 16th June 2009

Orange Moth

Smoky Wainscot

Freyer's Pug


Well it was certainly a Hawk-moth night with 5 species turning up! i've never had 3 Hawk-moth species at once let alone 5.
Other highlights were a beautiful Orange Moth (I wonder how he got that name) and a Pug which is new for me that I am unsure of at the moment Edit: it's a Freyer's a new one for me!

Quite a mild night at around 13c with a slight breeze and thankfully not many midges around this morning just a heap of lovely Moths to sort through!

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

1x Freyer's Pug [NFG]
1x Scoparia pyralella [NFG]
2x Smoky Wainscot [NFY]
1x Lozotaenia forsterana [NFY]
1x Crambus perlella [NFY]
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Crambus lathoniellus
6x Willow Beauty
1x Orange Moth
5x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
1x Common Swift
3x Straw Dot
3x Marbled Minor sp.
27x Heart & Dart
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Uncertain
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Spectacle
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
8x Buff Ermine
1x White Ermine
1x Riband Wave
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Udea Olivalis
1x Barred Straw
1x Common Marbled Carpet
4x Snout
1x Small Waved Umber
6x Dark Arches
1x Pale Prominent
3x Brown Rustic
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
2x Fan-foot
1x Small Fan-foot
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Silver-Y
1x Clouded Brindle
1x Cnephasia sp.
2x Small Dusty Wave


  1. That Orange Moth is a stunner. Never seen one, and probably not likely to.

  2. Cheers Dean, yes abit of a Southern speciality, though quite local here in Essex.