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

Thursday 30 June 2011

Catch Report - 29/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Still sorting out pieces of paper that are everywhere, with the last 2 days catch written on them.

Not as many numbers tonight, probably due to again, clearing skies and 9c.

Catch Report - 29/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

3x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
7x Brown Rustic
2x Buff Arches
3x Burnished Brass
1x Cinnabar
2x Clay
1x Clouded Border
15x Common Footman
6x Dark Arches
1x Dark Umber [NFY]
2x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Brocade
2x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Engrailed
5x Flame
9x Heart & Club
12x Heart & Dart
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Latticed Heath
3x Light Arches
1x Lime Hawk-moth
2x Mottled Beauty
3x Mottled Rustic
2x Nutmeg
3x Peppered Moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
4x Riband Wave
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Fan-foot
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Rufous
2x Small Yellow Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Southern Wainscot [NFY]
2x Turnip Moth
8x Uncertain
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Willow Beauty

Left: Shoulder-striped Wainscot Centre: Southern Wainscot Right: Smoky Wainscot

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Dark Umber

Lime Hawk-moth

Southern Wainscot

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Micro Moths

1x Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata
7x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Crambus perlella
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Udea olivalis
1x Crambus pascuella
2x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Phycita roborella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana

Ringed China-mark


  1. It's not much easier when the lists are on a digital dictaphone either Ben - easier to actually record but harder work to get it all transcribed!

  2. phew your telling me! i've got into a habit of printing out the county list and then highlighting the species and putting a | next to each one for every one, not easy at 4.30am!