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

Monday 14 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Sunday night

Cracking night again with 10 new for year's and a very unexpected new for garden Netted Pug! quite scarce here in Essex and particularly the 35 miles distance from the coast!
And 43 Heart & Dart is the most i've ever had (perhaps the 125w MV attracts more, as last year I used the 160w MBT bulb)


Netted Pug


Grey Dagger's

Dusky Brocade

Dark Arches

Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 13/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Netted Pug [NFG]
1x Heart & Club [NFY]

2x Common Footman [NFY]

2x Grey Dagger [NFY]
1x Uncertain [NFY]

2x Dark Arches [NFY]

2x Dusky Brocade [NFY]

1x Elephant Hawk-moth

1x Green Silver-lines

1x Spectacle

2x Scorched Wing

3x Common Swift

7x Marbled Minor

2x Light Emerald

2x Nutmeg

4x Turnip Moth

2x Flame Shoulder

3x Brown Rustic

1x Pale Tussock
1x Brimstone Moth

2x Common Wainscot

2x Clouded Silver

3x Silver-Y

43x Heart & Dart

3x Mottled Rustic

2x Buff Ermine
2x Flame

2x Rustic Shoulder-knot

2x Straw Dot

Micro Moths

1x Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana [NFY]
1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
1x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

2x Celypha lacunana

2x Epinotia nanana

1x White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

3x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana

1x Cnephasia sp

4x Crambus lathoniellus


  1. Netted Pug as to be one of the best looking moths i`ve seen, Ben. Only ever had one though.

  2. They are superb! I feel very lucky indeed. Thanks.