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

Friday 18 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Thursday night

Pretty good for Hawks last night with 7 of 3 species, luckily only 1 Privet fell to Blackbird predation, 1 flew away and got chased but outrun the Blackbird! the others were handed out and put safely in amongst hedges out of reach of the typically ground feeding Blackbirds we have (little s*ds)

Stop Press! got another new Micro Moth for the Garden id'd aswell a lovely little Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana and also an Eyed Hawk-moth on the back of the sheet which I missed! so 4 species of Hawks! and 8 in total. Wow!


Clouded Brindle

Middle-barred Minor

Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 17/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
1x Middle-barred Minor [NFY]

1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
4x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth

3x Treble Brown Spot
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Uncertain

2x Brown Rustic

5x Buff Ermine
28x Heart & Dart

1x Common Wainscot

1x Common Swift
2x Light Emerald

2x Turnip Moth

2x Rustic Shoulder-knot

1x Buff-tip

1x Riband Wave

1x Knot Grass

2x Marbled Minor

1x Clouded Silver

1x Willow Beauty
3x Flame

2x Spectacle
2x Dark Arches

Micro Moths

1x Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana [NFG]
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
2x Udea olivalis

2x Crambus lathoniellus

1x Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana


  1. hi Ben - hope you're well. Lots of excellent moths on your blog as ever. Have you seen this (link below), from your neck of the woods? It's worth watching! All warm wishes, Martin


  2. Hi Ben,

    Well done on the new ones.....Clouded Bordered Brindle hasn't made an appearance in any of the traps in our area, so it's not that common! Just wondered, have you got an opinion on my poss. Grey Pug?? I've trawled though various online photos and it's the best I can come up with, though I suppose without a dissection I will never know for sure...



  3. Hi Ben, Your Brindle has a pale cross line on the outer edge. I think this would make it the pale form of Clouded Brindle. Cheers, Paul

  4. Thankyou for the correction, you are right!