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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Saturday 7 May 2011

Waterford Heath - North Pit 06/05/11

The weather proved to be the best we've had for a while, with a gentle breeze and warm temperatures we decided to trap at this location .
Having never been here before I didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with 2 first's and a second of another species.
Treble-lines proved to be the most common moth present with a good amount of Pugs coming to the various light sources.
Easily the best moth of the night was a single Netted Pug, but for me personally seeing my first Treble-bar's were a delight, not one but at least 6 were seen.
The weather did turn cool as a clear sky dominated above us, so we packed up at around 12am, with a cool breeze getting up as we packed away.

Waterford Heath - North Pit 06/05/1
1 - 125w MV Robinson Trap, 125w Tripod + vertical sheet and a 22w Actinic.

Macro Moths (37 Species)

Treble-bar [NEW]
Common Swift
Oak Hook-tip
Silver-ground Carpet
Common Carpet
Purple Bar
Small Phoenix
Red-green Carpet
Broken-barred Carpet
Green Carpet
May Highflyer
Small Waved Umber
Mottled Pug
Netted Pug
Common Pug
White-spotted Pug
Oak-tree Pug
Yellow-barred Brindle
Scorched Carpet
Brimstone Moth
Waved Umber
Brindled White-spot
Common White Wave
Common Wave
Clouded Silver
Pebble Prominent
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Heart & Dart
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Flame Shoulder
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Large Nutmeg
Treble Lines


Netted Pug

Brindled White-spot

Purple Bar

Small Phoenix

White-spotted Pug

Micro Moths
(14 Species)

Nematopogon swammerdamella [N
Phyllonorycter blancardella
Agapeta hamana
Phyllonorycter nicelii
Celoptilia alchimiella
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

Prays fraxinella
Scrobipalpa acuminatella
Aethes smeathmanniana
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Monopsis weaverella
Celypha lacunana
Scoparia ambigualis
Epinotia cynosbatella
Epiblema trimaculana

Syndemis musculana
Batia lunaris
Tinea trinotella

Nematopogon swammerdamella

Phyllonorycter blancardella


  1. Nice catch Ben, some excellent moths there

  2. Thanks Trent, any ideas on the micro? i'm struggling.