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

Friday 24 June 2011

Catch Report - 23/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

I seem to be getting into a habit of trapping most nights, if the weather is indeed favourable, last night was dry, but a bit cool by recent standards, but still produced the goods.
New for the year was White Satin, Metzneria lappella and Lobesia abscisana
New for me was the micro moth Mompha ochraceella.

Catch Report - 23/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x White Satin [NFY]
14x Uncertain
2x Peppered Moth
1x Latticed Heath
1x Cinnabar
3x Flame
8x Dark Arches
5x Light Arches
2x Buff Ermine
9x Common Footman
7x Heart & Dart
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Clay
1x Snout
1x Buff-tip
2x Mottled Beauty
4x Nutmeg
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
6x Heart & Club
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Burnished Brass
2x Common Wainscot
3x Double Square-spot
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
3x Brown Rustic
2x Flame Shoulder
7x Flame
1x Green Pug

Beautiful Hook-tip

White Satin

Micro Moths

1x Mompha ochraceella [NEW!]
1x Metzneria lappella [NFY]
1x Lobesia abscisana [NFY]
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
5x Celypha lacunana
4x Crambus perlella
1x Udea olivalis
3x Scoparia ambigualis

1x Scoparia pyralella
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Cnephasia sp.

Mompha ochraceella

Scoparia pyralella

Scoparia ambigualis

Lobesia abscisana

Metzneria lappella


  1. I picked up both S. pyralella and a putative S. basistrigalis from my garden this week. Looking at yours; that fairly sold white sub-terminal band and the bright orange spots look good for pyralella to me rather than basistrigalis?

  2. Gee I think you are right Mark! thanks i've edited it now.