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

Wednesday 30 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Tuesday night

Again words cannot describe how many good moths my garden is producing, it can only be due to the incredibly unusual settled humid weather we are experiencing at the moment.

On the negative side it hasn't rained for ages and the ground is rock solid and the grass is dying!

5 species new for my garden were recorded, including the local Bordered Sallow, a stunning Varied Coronet and one of the prettiest micro's i've seen in
a while, the pretty in pink Celypha rosaceana.


Bordered Sallow - Stunned by this one!

Varied Coronet


Celypha rosaceana

Argyresthia brockeella

Ancylis achatana

Lozotaenia forsterana

Phtheochroa rugosana

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana

Donacaula forficella

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 29/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Bordered Sallow [NFG]
1x Varied Coronet [NFG]
1x Miller [NFY]
2x Scarce Footman [NFY]
2x Dun-bar [NFY]
9x Heart and Dart
2x Riband Wave
5x Willow Beauty
2x Uncertain
6x Dark Arches
3x Heart and Club
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Buff Ermine
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
5x Flame
3x Snout
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Green Pug
1x Common Emerald
2x Buff-tip
3x Straw Dot
4x Brimstone Moth
2x Treble Brown Spot
5x Common Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Silver Y
2x Clouded Border
1x Light Emerald
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Spectacle
1x Rustic
2x Buff Arches
5x Mottled Rustic
5x Fan-foot
2x Common Wainscot
1x Burnished Brass
3x Clouded Silver
1x Cinnabar
6x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x White Ermine
1x Marbled White Spot
5x Double Square-spot
4x Ingrailed Clay
7x Small Fan-foot
1x Blotched Emerald
1x Small Blood-vein
2x Scorched Wing
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Barred Yellow
1x Green Silver-lines
3x Single-dotted Wave
4x Small Dusty Wave
6x Common Pug
1x Poplar Grey
1x Short-cloaked Moth
2x Clay
1x Blood-vein
1x Figure of Eighty
2x Small Yellow Wave
8x Marbled Minor sp.
2x Freyer's Pug
1x Blue-bordered Carpet
1x Brown Rustic
2x Middle-barred Minor
1x Clouded Brindle
1x Fern

Micro Moths

1x Ancylis achatana [NFG]
1x Argyresthia brockeella [NFG]
1x Celypha rosaceana [NFG]
1x Codling Moth Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Donacaula forficella [NFY]
1x Phtheochroa rugosana [NFY]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
14x Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Celypha lacunana
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
2x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
2x Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana
2x Celypha striana
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
9x Crambus pascuella
4x Udea olivalis
2x Ephestia parasitella
3x Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Crambus perlella
2x Clepsis consimilana
7x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
1x Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata
1x Eudonia pallida


  1. Hey Ben,

    Some great moths you're picking up. Bordered Sallow is very rare here in VC55 - we picked one up on Saturday night (the list is still in progress!).

    The photo captioned Ancylis achatana is actually a much more exciting tort - Epinotia abbreviana (Elm feeder).


  2. Cheers Mark, yes that does look a better fit which is listed as common in my County.
    Yes Bordered Sallow is a stunner and uncommon here.