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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Give Ivy a try!

Now is the perfect time to do some moth hunting amongst IVY! yes this plant that particularly favours dead of dying trees should be in full bloom right about now.

During the day, searching for large Ivy blooms is invaluable and be sure to take particular note of day time activity, as if you find a sweet smelling spot, expect to see a variety of late flying flies, hover-flies, wasps and lacewings.
It is these blooms that will be most prolific come dusk.

Sometimes before it is dark moths will be seen settling on the blooms ready to taste the sweet sticky residue that is emitted.

The best chance of seeing a good amount of moths nectaring is to pick a nice mild overcast night, sadly these nights have been few and far between this year and failing that, any night will probably yield a handful.

The use of a high power torch to search the ivy will reveal moths eyes glistening in the light and this is the best way of finding them.

I always carry a net with me, just in case that vital species is just out of reach! and plenty of pots.

Go on give it a try!

Here are some of the moth species that are attracted to Ivy.

The commonest to be found include.....



Green-brindled Crescent

Dark Chestnut

Barred Sallow

The Sallow

The Brick

And slightly less common.....

Beaded Chestnut

Brown-spot Pinion

This is by far not the only moths that will turn up at Ivy, be prepared for the unexpected!

Dusky-lemon Sallow


  1. A good bee to look out for on ivy is colletes hederae. A striking bee I had pointed out to me last weekend on Brean Down.

  2. Nice, although i've not seen the sun much lately to bring anything out!