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 19 August 2009

Catch Report - Tuesday 18th August 2009

Not a bad catch tonight with more species about, warm and mild at about 10pm, this morning alot cooler under clear skies.
A nice almost mint Old Lady, which I
usually get in a terrible state!
Also a new micro Moth for the Garden, an Acleris aspersana.

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

Ear Moth

Orange Swift

Dusky Thorn

Old Lady

Macro Moths

1x Dusky Thorn [NFY]
2x Orange Swift [NFY]
1x Ear Moth [NFY]
6x Square-spot Rustic
14x Willow Beauty
2x Small Dusty Wave
2x Light Emerald
1x Straw Dot
2x Double-striped Pug
16x Brimstone Moth
12x Large Yellow Underwing
29x Setaceous Hebrew Character
19x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
4x Common Wainscot
11x Flame Shoulder
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Dark Sword-grass
3x Straw Underwing
2x Light Emerald
2x Spectacle
3x Mouse Moth
1x Small Waved Umber
2x Six-striped Rustic
1x Pale Prominent
1x Flounced Rustic
2x Angle Shades
2x Garden Carpet
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Vine's Rustic
2x Common Rustic
1x Copper Underwing
1x Least Yellow Underwing

Acleris aspersana

Garden Rose Tortrix
Acleris variegana

Micro Moths

1x Acleris aspersana [NFG]
3x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
5x Agriphila tristella
7x Agriphila geniculea
3x Catoptria falsella
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
3x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Trachycera advenella
1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
32x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella


  1. Nice selection, Ben.
    Never seen an Ear Moth. Had my first Purple Thorn of the year, this morning.

  2. Thanks Dean, this is only my 2nd, nice not had a Purple in the garden this year....yet