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

Saturday 11 July 2009

Catch Report - Thursday 09th July 2009

Hi all
Well i've had abit of catching up to do, so the Moth trap has been left to cool down for awhile, the weather seems to have turned abit aswell as we had (not predicted) rain during the night.

Highlights from Thursday included the first Garden Drinker of the year aswell as other new for year's including Common Rustic, Gothic and the pretty grass Moth Catoptria falsella.

Other notes were a nice aberrration of Clouded Border and only my second ever Dingy Shears.

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



Clouded Border

Common Rustic

Macro Moths

1x Common Rustic [NFY]
1x Drinker [NFY]
1x Gothic [NFY]
7x Clouded Border
8x Single-dotted Wave
2x Burnished Brass
1x Double-striped Pug
12x Riband Wave
7x Common Footman
3x Buff Ermine
2x Short-cloaked Moth
1x V-Pug
1x Dagger sp.
3x Willow Beauty
4x Mottled Rustic
13x Uncertain
4x Smoky Wainscot
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
4x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Least Carpet
1x Brown-tail
3x Flame
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Early Thorn
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Orange Moth
1x Small Yellow Wave
1x Yellow-tail
1x Engrailed
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Dingy Shears
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Double Square-spot

Catoptria falsella

Micro Moths

1x Catoptria falsella [NFY]
2x Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
6x Cnephasia sp.
1x Udea prunalis
4x Crambus pascuella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
8x Endotricha flammealis
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
2x Crambus perlella
3x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella


  1. I just love the moth images. I am a big fan of moths. It is so funny, lots of people will find one and point it out as a beautiful butterfly, and when you tell them its a moth they somehow do not like it as much. ironic.

  2. Thankyou very much,its amazing how long it takes to do all of this so i'm glad its appreciated!
    Yes you are right alot of Moths when looked at closely are prettier than Butterflies