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

Monday 7 September 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 06th Septmber 2009

Well it was all worth it.
After waking up at the crack of dawn again at 6am, tired and bleary eyed I was stunned to find a tiny little Small Wainscot in
the trap, a Moth that here in Essex is listed as Scarce but probably expanding its range.
Also only my second ever Frosted Orange,
being a mint example compared to last year's tatty individual.
Another White-point and a strange Burnished Brass which was more metallic one side than the other, a slight aberration methinks.

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

Small Wainscot

Frosted Orange


Burnished Brass (

Macro Moths

1x Small Wainscot [NFG]
1x Frosted Orange [NFY]
5x Small Dusty Wave
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Feathered Gothic
3x Willow Beauty
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
14x Square-spot Rustic
2x Pale Mottled Willow
15x Large Yellow Underwing
12x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Garden Carpet
1x Svensson's Copper Underwin
1x Burnished Brass
1x Angle Shades
2x Vine's Rustic
1x Uncertain
1x Light Emerald
4x Common Wainscot
1x Snout

Micro Moths

1x Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella
1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
3x Agriphila geniculea
3x Eudonia mercurella
2x Acleris variegana
1x Cochylis hybridella


  1. You`re still getting some decent species, Ben. Keep at it, mate.

  2. Thanks Dean
    Its tiring, not sure who's going to slow down first me or the Moths (i'm betting on the Moths as Winter fast approaches!)