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

Saturday 3 July 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Friday night - Ruddy hell!

Wow totally bowled over by two new species visiting my trap in the Garden, firstly a new species Hawk moth, the Small Elephant Hawk-moth so tiny and cute and brilliantly coloured, he was very co-operative and sat peacefully on my finger.
The second is a very unexpcted Moth a rare Moth for Essex in the form of the Nationally scarce B Carpet, Ruddy Carpet I have no idea where it has come from as it's foodplant and habitat is no where in the vicinity, so VERY pleased and looking at Mark's superb capture of one it must have been a good omen! Cheers Skev ;)

Other species included the usual mix, and Dot Moth, Brown-tail and my second ever Twin-spot Carpet which were all very welcome.


Ruddy Carpet

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Twin-spot Carpet


Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 02/07/10 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Ruddy Carpet [NFG]
1x Small Elephant Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Brown-tail [NFY]
4x Common Wainscot
3x Smoky Wainscot
7x Riband Wave
3x Small Dusty Wave
3x Common Pug
1x Blood-vein
2x Small Blood-vein
3x Green Pug
1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Green Silver-lines
4x Small Fan-foot
5x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
3x Straw Dot
2x Common Footman
1x Scarce Footman
6x Flame
1x Silver-Y
7x Heart & Dart
5x Heart & Club
6x Uncertain
6x Marbled Minor
2x Treble Brown Spot
1x Brimstone
1x Fern
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Buff Ermine
4x Dark Arches
5x Fan-foot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Dingy Shears
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Clouded Silver
8x Large Nutmeg
3x Scorched Wing
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Middle-barred Minor
3x Ingrailed Clay
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Clouded Brindle
2x Freyer's Pug
4x Brown Rustic
3x Snout
1x Barred Yellow
1x White Ermine
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x V-pug
3x Mottled Rustic

Micro Moths

3x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Phlyctaenia perlucidalis
3x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
5x Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
5x Celypha lacunana
1x Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana
3x Udea olivalis
3x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
3x Scoparia ambigualis
4x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
3x Crambus pascuella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x White Plume


  1. Great stuff Ben - hope the 'omen' principle works in reverse as well .....

  2. Let's hope so! as i'd like some stuff you get aswell.