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

Saturday 22 May 2010

Still doing the business

Another cracking night with some nice big Hawk-moths to spice things up! 6 new for year species and a new for Garden Tineidae species which I need an id for yet.
Which turns out to be a Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella.


Privet Hawk-moth

Poplar Hawk-Moth

Figure of Eighty

Common Swift

Bright-line Brown-eye

Buff Ermine

Cork Moth
Nemapogon cloacella

Buttoned Snout

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 21/05/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Privet Hawkmoth [NFY]
2x Poplar Hawkmoth [NFY]
3x Small Waved Umber [NFY]
2x Buff Ermine [NFY]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
1x Common Carpet [NFY]
1x Figure of Eighty [NFY]
1x Buttoned Snout
1x Waved Umber
3x White Ermine
1x Common Swift
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Chinese Character
2x Swallow Prominent
6x Hebrew Character
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Muslin Moth
6x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Mottled Pug
1x Brindled Pug
1x Oak-tree Pug
2x Common Pug
1x Least Black Arches

Micro Moths

1x Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella [NFG]
2x Emmelina monodactyla


  1. Buttoned Snout - one we don't get here in VC55. Can you release it facing north ....

  2. Haha, well it flew east actually, probably drowned in the channel! doh.