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

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Wednesday 22 July 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 21st July 2009

Massive haul of Moths this morning, most of the Macros being found in the trap with mostly micros on the sheet.
Best Moth of the night was a Fen Wainscot a real shock, considering we live nowhere near reedbeds (it was windy last night so maybe it got blown off course?)
Equally impressive was the nb species Calamotropha paludella a shiny bulky looking Pyralid, confined to coastal regions, again we live in the region of 30 miles from any coastline.

Bordered Pug was also a new record, although it flew off just as I was taking the picture (rolls eyes), never mind!

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

Fen Wainscot

Latticed Heath

Least Yellow Underwing

Straw Underwing

Cabbage Moth

Macro Moths

1x Fen Wainscot [NFG]
1x Bordered Pug [NFG]
1x Latticed Heath [NFG]
1x Small Rivulet [NFY]
1x Ruby Tiger [NFY]
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Cabbage Moth [NFY]
1x Straw Underwing [NFY]
1x Old Lady [NFY]
1x Ghost Moth
1x Buff Arches
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Blood-vein
2x Least Carpet
5x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Small Dusty Wave
2x Single-dotted Wave
7x Riband Wave
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Garden Carpet
1x Yellow Shell
1x Foxglove Pug
1x Double-striped Pug
2x V-Pug
1x Haworth's Pug
1x Magpie Moth
1x Clouded Border
4x Brimstone Moth
2x Early Thorn
2x Scalloped Oak
3x Willow Beauty
1x Common White Wave
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Yellow-tail
3x Common Footman
2x Scarce Footman
2x Heart & Dart
3x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Double Square-spot
1x Dot Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Smoky Wainscot
1x Common Wainscot
1x Poplar Grey
4x Grey/Dark Dagger
6x Dun-bar
5x Dark Arches
1x Light Arches
1x Cloaked Minor
3x Common Rustic
3x Uncertain
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Silver-Y
1x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Snout

Calamotropha paludella

Wax Moth
Galleria mellonella

Agriphila tristella

Micro Moths

1x Calamotropha paludella [NFG]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Wax Moth Galleria mellonella [NFY]
3x Yponomeuta sp.
2x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
1x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
1x Eucosma cana
1x Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla
3x Crambus perlella
2x Eudonia mercurella
2x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
4x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
8x Endotricha flammealis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalisa


  1. That is an impressive haul! I'd say I was jealous but to be honest I just wouldn't have the time to go through them all!

  2. Thankyou Jerry, yes its very tiring getting up at 5am and spending 2 hours sorting, recording and photographing, why do I do it? heck knows :op