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

Sunday 12 July 2009

Catch Report - Saturday 11th July 2009

Well what a night, I decided to put the trap out at 10pm despite the forecast of heavy rain, I thought maybe just maybe we might get away with it.....did we? did we not! at 10.30pm it started to drizzle, so the trap was moved further under the overhang our Thatched cottage gives us.
By 12am it was torrential outside, though strangely the Moths seemed not to be bothered and a good catch was inspected in the morning (it was still raining!)

Highlight was a Garden first Minor Shoulder-knot.

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

Minor Shoulder-knot

Magpie Moth

Macro Moths

1x Minor Shoulder-knot [NFG]
1x Magpie [NFY]
1x Buff Arches
2x Small Emerald
1x Small Blood-vein
3x Least Carpet
6x Small Fan-footed Wave
4x Small Dusty Wave
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Treble Brown-spot
13x Riband Wave
1x Shaded Broad-bar
1x Blue-bordered Carpet
1x Fern
2x Common Pug
1x Foxglove Pug
1x V-Pug
2x Clouded Border
6x Brimstone Moth
5x Early Thorn
3x Scalloped Oak
5x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Orange Moth
4x Willow Beauty
3x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Swallow Prominent
3x Common Footman
1x Scarce Footman
2x Buff Ermine
3x Short-cloaked Moth
3x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
21x Flame
18x Dark Arches
9x Flame Shoulder
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Small Square-spot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Dot Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
6x Clay
7x Smoky Wainscot
2x Common Wainscot
2x Poplar Grey
1x Dagger sp.
1x Blackneck
4x Dun-bar
3x Light Arches
2x Marbled Minor
15x Uncertain
1x Burnished Brass
2x Snout

Epiblema trimaculana

Blastobasis lacticolella

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
1x Epiblema trimaculana
7x Endotricha flammealis
2x Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips Xylosteana
3x Crambus pascuella
2x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
2x Udea prunalis
2x Emmelina monodactyla
9x Cnephasia sp.
2x Archips podana
1x Small Magpie
3x Orthopygia glaucinalis


  1. You`re right about the rain not bothering the moths, Ben. In a way i think it helps by keeping them low, instead of flying high.

  2. Quite possibly Dean only downside was I had quiten a few worn specimens.