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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Thursday 3 June 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Wednesday night

First trapping session of June.
Warming up again this next few days, yesterday was lovely and warm and promised a good night Moth trapping, unfortunately clear skies kept the numbers lower than expected.
A few new for year's including a stunning Shoulder-striped Wainscot, only my second ever record.


Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Common Wainscot (left) Shoulder-striped Wainscot (right)

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 02/06/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot [NFY]
1x Common Marbled Carpet [NFY]
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY]
1x Common Wainscot
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Buff Ermine
1x Muslin Moth
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Marbled Minor sp.
1x Common Swift
1x Spectacle
1x Pale Tussock
1x Buff-tip
1x Scalloped Hazel
7x Heart & Dart
1x Garden Carpet
2x Mottled Pug
1x Orange Footman

Micro Moths

1x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Epinotia nanana


  1. Hi Ben,

    Things must've been a bit cloudier up here in Derbyshire as I ahd my best night so far...75 moths of 35 species, many of which are covered by your list but also including my first Peach Blossom and Clouded Silver!


    Steve T

  2. Nice Shoulder-striped Wainscot Ben and a good haul of moths.

  3. Thanks guys, your not doing too bad yourself!