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

Tuesday 1 September 2009

Catch Report - Monday 01 September 2009

Another month and another huge catch with most of the regular Moths, it seems to be back to quantity not quality at the moment with some Moths numbering in the 30+ per species mark, Setaceous Hebrew Character being the most common with 59 examples, followed by Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing at 39, Square-spot Rustic at 32 and Lesser Yellow Underwing at 20. Thankfully I never get overwhelmed with Large Yellow Underwing in my Garden with just 12 turning up last night.
No new species and but one new for year and it was nice seeing two Old Lady's flying in as I did my last check before bed....I was hoping one might have been a Red Underwing.....but it was not to be!

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

Common Marbled Carpet

Macro Moths

1x Bordered Beauty [NFY]
4x Small Dusty Wave
2x Riband Wave
6x Garden Carpet
2x Yellow Shell
2x Common Marbled Carpet
7x Green Carpet
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
3x Double-striped Pug
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Tawny Speckled Pug
1x Scorched Carpet
1x Latticed Heath
13x Brimstone Moth
1x Early Thorn
3x Willow Beauty
1x Common White Wave
11x Light Emerald
1x Pale Prominent
4x Flame Shoulder
12x Large Yellow Underwing
20x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
39x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
59x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Six-striped Rustic
32x Square-spot Rustic
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Feathered Gothic
2x Clay
14x Common Wainscot
1x Centre-barred Sallow
3x Marbled Beauty
2x Copper Underwing
1x Svensson's Copper Underwing
3x Mouse Moth
2x Old Lady
1x Straw Underwing
4x Angle Shades
2x Common Rustic
2x Rosy Rustic
1x Uncertain
14x Vine's Rustic
1x Small Mottled Willow
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Silver-Y
3x Burnished Brass
1x Spectacle
1x Straw Dot
3x Snout

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha scabrella
2x Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth
3x Endrosis sacritella White-shouldered House Moth
Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth
4x Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Crambus perlella
7x Agriphila geniculea
2x Catoptria falsella
2x Evergistis forficalis Garden Pebble
1x Pyrausta aurata
Nomophila noctella Rush Veneer
4x Emmelina monodactyla


  1. Yet another outstanding collection,fantastic moths.
    Love them all.