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

Monday 27 June 2011

Catch Report - 26/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another superb night, very VERY mild, at 20 degrees at 1am in the morning! Cripes! so as a result so so many moths it was unbelieveable, still a smiliar species amount around 60, but some crackers including my first ever Red-necked Footman, it's about the 5th County record so very pleased with that! either a wanderer or an immigrant...other species of note were Waved Black & Leopard Moth which were both site ticks.
There were also plenty of micro's new for the year as well, and I will be sorting the full catch out in due course.

Catch Report - 26/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap + 22w Actinic portable trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths (69 Species)

1x Red-necked Footman [NEW!]
2x Common Swift
3x Leopard Moth
1x Drinker
2x Peach Blossom
1x Blotched Emerald
1x Common Emerald
4x Blood-vein
1x Small Blood-vein
5x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Small Dusty Wave
5x Riband Wave
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Common Carpet
1x Yellow Shell
3x Barred Straw
1x July Highflyer
1x Grey Pug
1x V-pug
2x Green Pug
3x Small Yellow Wave
1x Clouded Border
4x Latticed Heath
2x Brimstone
3x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Peppered Moth
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Clouded Silver
1x Light Emerald
3x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Buff-tip
1x Pale Prominent
2x Yellow-tail
3x Scarce Footman
5x Common Footman
1x Cinnabar
2x Turnip Moth
5x Heart & Club
19x Heart & Dart
7x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Ingrailed Clay
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
12x Double Square-spot
4x Nutmeg
2x Dot Moth
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Smoky Wainscot
1x Common Wainscot
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
6x Brown Rustic
1x Angle Shades
2x Dun-bar
15x Dark Arches
6x Light Arches
1x Clouded Brindle
6x Marbled Minor
11x Uncertain
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Spectacle
8x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Straw Dot
2x Snout
2x Small Fan-foot

Red-necked Footman

Leopard Moth

Dot Moth

Micro Moths ( 15 Species)

1x Platyptilia pallidactyla [NFY]
12x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
8x Celypha lacunana
2x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
3x Aleimma loeflingiana
3x Celypha striana
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
6x Udea olivalis
1x Pandemis cerasana
8x Crambus perlella
4x Crambus pascuella
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
5x Cnephasia sp.
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

Platyptilia pallidactyla


  1. Well done with the Footman, Ben. Always great to get a new species.

  2. Cheers Dean, yes it is indeed, i've been very luky lately with 3 new macro's in 2 weeks! I expect a slow down now.

  3. He says, getting another new Macro species this morning, lucky or what!