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

Friday 11 September 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 09th September 2009

Not a bad night at all last night with a good evening temperature at 18c, the trap was put out again, this time favouring the 160w MBT bulb. The catch mainly comprised of late summer species but one Moth, although quite diddy amongst all of the Large Yellow Underwing's, stood out like a golden jewel, it was to be my first ever Orange Sallow, an uncommon Moth in Essex and another Sallow to the list, leaving only Angle-striped Sallow (no chance) & Pale-lemon Sallow (maybe) to get.
Also a first micro, I think is Agonopterix kaekeritziana which I will double check first.

tch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 160w Robinson Trap

Orange Sallow

Macro Moths

1x Orange Sallow [NFG]
24x Square-spot Rustic
9x Setaceous Hebrew Character
17x Large Yellow Underwing
11x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Silver-Y
1x Light Emerald
2x Garden Carpet
1x Small Dusty Wave
2x Flame Shoulder
3x Common Wainscot
2x Svensson's Copper Underwing
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Straw Dot
2x Snout

Agonopterix nervosa

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix nervosa [NFG]
1x Acleris variegana
1x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Eudonia mercurella
2x Agriphila geniculea


  1. Hi Ben,

    I think the Agonopterix is ocellana - albeit worn. Have a look here:

  2. Cheers, but apparently it turned out to be A.nervosa