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 1 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Monday night

Pretty good night last night with another 5 species added to the year list, best of the bunch were Large Nutmeg, Coxcomb Prominent, Cinnabar and a lovely fresh Eyed Hawk-moth.
Quite cool again last night at about 9c but good amounts of cloud cover and rain again forecast for today (but I suppose we need it as the ground is rock solid)



Coxcomb Prominent

Eyed Hawk-moth

Large Nutmeg


Common Wainscot

Maiden's Blush

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 31/05/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Coxcomb Prominent [NFY]
2x Cinnabar [NFY]
1x Eyed Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Buff-tip
1x Mottled Pug
4x Common Pug
2x Oak-tree Pug
1x Pale Prominent
1x V-pug
4x Heart & Dart
1x Muslin Moth
2x Buff Ermine
1x Brimstone Moth
8x Common Swift
1x Lychnis
1x Common Wainscot
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Nutmeg
6x Rustic Shoulder-knot

Micro Moths

1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]


  1. Hi Ben, sorry not to have commented for ages. All I can say is: I'm jealous! Leeds never did quite match up to Essex for numbers and variety of moths; still, it's pretty good up here too and after two previous years of light-trapping, I'm still getting new arrivals. All warm wishes (and congrats, too, on your meticulous database. I don't have a sufficiently scientific mind. Martin.

  2. Cheers for following and putting a link to the Surrey Moths & Butterflies blog, Ben. Much appreciated. I'll do the same with yours.


  3. Ben, this is a really interesting site. i never really thought about moths much. i am curious about a "moth trap." how do you make one? i'm curious and think the kids would like it.


  4. Wow what a fine catch,brilliant collection Ben.