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 25 May 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Monday night

Still very warm with temperatures hitting 30c yesterday, the night started very mild but under clear skies dropped away from 18c to 11c this morning, still a respectable temperature nevertheless.
7 new for year species which brings the Moth species total for the year to 140.

Most interesting was a slight melanic aberration of Scorched Carpet, this one really did look 'scorched'.


Scorched Carpet - (Top) - Normal Form (Bottom) - Melanic


Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana

Plutella porrectella

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 24/05/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY]
1x Buff-tip [NFY]
1x Lychnis [NFY]
2x Common Swift
1x Green Carpet
7x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Latticed Heath
4x Scorched Carpet
2x Waved Umber
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Figure of Eighty
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Scalloped Hazel
5x Brimstone Moth
5x Common Pug
1x Muslin Moth
1x Swallow Prominent
3x Mottled Pug
1x Oak-tree Pug
2x Pale Tussock
1x Heart & Dart
1x Chocolate-tip
1x Common Carpet
1x Garden Carpet
1x Clouded Drab
3x Hebrew Character
2x White Ermine
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Waved Umber
2x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Orange Footman

Micro Moths

1x Plutella porrectella [NFY]
1x Pseudoswammerdamia combinella [NFY]
1x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana [NFY]
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis [NFY]
1x Monopsis weavella
1x Caloptilia syringella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
1x Epiblema cynosbatella