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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Thursday 20 May 2010

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Wednesday night

Well I must have been mad, I set two traps up at Parndon Wood on the warmest night this year so far, aswell as running one trap in my Garden! (see previous post)
Some great species and a few firsts for me, notably Poplar Lutestring! Green Silver-lines, Eulia ministrana & Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella (this one had led me a right song and dance as it so closely resembled a Footman Moth) Thanks to the great people on Back Garden Moths for putting me right.
Plenty of other New For Site [NFS] species including both Seraphim and Small Seraphim
Again the 160w MBT bulb just edged it with slightly more Moths but both had a range of diverse species, and seemed to prove that in different habitats certain species of Moths favour different light sources, for example 4 Pale Tussock's were found in and around the 125w MV Trap whereas none were recorded at the 160w MBT Trap.


Green Silver-lines

Poplar Lutestring

Eulia ministrana

Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella


Small Seraphim

Pale Tussock
- Two Males

Catch Report - Parndon Wood - 19/05/10 - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Green Silver-lines [NFS]
1x Poplar Lutestring [NFS]
2x Seraphim [NFS]
1x Small Seraphim [NFS]
1x Flame Shoulder [NFS]
1x Spectacle [NFS]
2x Common Swift [NFS]
1x Orange Footman [NFS]
2x Maiden's Blush
2x Brindled Pug
1x Muslin Moth
1x Pebble Hook-tip
1x Chocolate-tip
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Least Black Arches

Micro Moths

1x Eulia ministrana [NFS]
1x Cnephasia sp. [NFS]
5x Syndemis musculana [NFS]
5x Adela reaumurella

Catch Report - Parndon Wood - 19/05/10 - 125w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brimstone Moth [NFS]
1x White Ermine [NFS]
1x Pebble Prominent [NFS]
1x Waved Umber [NFS]
1x Orange Footman [NFS]
2x Maiden's Blush
1x Seraphim
4x Pale Tussock
1x Pebble Hook-tip
2x Nut-tree Tussock

Micro Moths

1x Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella [NFS]
2x Eulia ministrana [NFS]
6x Syndemis musculana [NFS]


  1. Superb Silver-lines mate, what a cracking moth !

  2. Again, plenty of nice species there, Ben.
    Eulia ministrana are a superb micro. Seen a couple in my time.