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

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Wednesday 9 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Tuesday night

Well I've not had much time with trapping lately what with work commintments, but last night I decided to run the trap again.
I was not to be let down! with so many species to sort through, it has taken my nearly 2 hours to sort through evetything and take pictures etc.
The most interesting species seem to be an unidentified Pug and the crambid Phlyctaenia perlucidalis which is a rare micro moth nationwide, and is local here in Essex.


Phlyctaenia perlucidalis


Treble Brown Spot

Dwarf Pug

Small Fan-foot

Ingrailed Clay

Ephestia parasitella

Pyla fusca

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 08/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Ghost Moth [NFY]
3x Silver-Y [NFY]
1x Dwarf Pug [NFY]
2x Small Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Blood-vein
2x Riband Wave
2x Flame
1x Spectacle
1x Clouded Border
1x Seraphim
1x Peppered Moth
2x Light Emerald
2x Willow Beauty
4x Marbled Minor sp.
3x Large Nutmeg
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
28x Heart & Dart
3x Brown Rustic
3x Vine's Rustic
1x Ingrailed Clay
2x Nutmeg
1x Brimstone Moth
6x Pale Tussock
1x Poplar Grey
1x Common White Wave
22x Common Swift
2x Scorched Wing
3x Mottled Pug
4x Common Pug
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
4x Buff Ermine
4x White Ermine
1x Purple Bar
1x Clouded Silver
2x Silver-ground Carpet

Micro Moth

1x Phlyctaenia perlucidalis [NFG]
2x Ephestia parasitella [NFG]
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella [NFY]
1x Epiblema trimaculana [NFY]
Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata [NFY]
1x Pyla fusca [NFY]
4x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Cnephasia sp.
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella


  1. Hi Ben,

    What a haul! Loads there that I haven't had yet.......

  2. Cheers Matt the Crambid was very special! my heart started racing! it took ages to sort them out

  3. Nice one Ben. Here in VC55 P. perlucidalis (actually one of the Pyraustinae) started turning up pretty much everywhere c10 years ago though checking back I've not recorded it so regularly in the last 3 years. Treble Brown Spot on the other hand is very scarce here!