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

Sunday 24 July 2011

Catch Report - 21/07/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another pleasing trap full of moths, it certainly was a Prominent night with Pebble, Maple and Iron Prominent turning up! quite out of the blue as well, and although listed as common, it's the first i've seen of the unusually late Iron and Maple Prom's
Mouse Moth and
Coleophora mayrella were both new for the year and 2x Bulrush Wainscot's were new for the garden!

Catch Report - 21/07/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden
Macro Moths

3x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff-tip
2x Bulrush Wainscot [NFY]
1x Burnished Brass
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
14x Common Footman
1x Common Rustic
1x Common Wainscot
11x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman

4x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Sallow
5x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Early Thorn
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Grey Dagger
4x Heart & Club
3x Heart & Dart
1x Iron Prominent [NFY]
2x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing
9x Latticed Heath
2x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
1x Maple Prominent [NFY]
3x Mottled Beauty
1x Mouse Moth [NFY]
1x Nutmeg
1x Pebble Prominent
3x Peppered Moth
1x Popular Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
6x Riband Wave
5x Ruby Tiger
6x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
3x Scarce Footman
1x Scorched Carpet
9x Small Fan-footed Wave

3x Smoky Wainscot
24x Uncertain
2x Wilow Beauty
2x Yellow-tail

Bulrush Wainscot

Iron Prominent

Pebble Prominent

Maple Prominent

Grey Dagger

Mouse Moth
- Named because of it's scuttling action when disturbed.

Micro Moths

3x Cnephasia sp.
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
9x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Endotricha flammealis
6x Agapeta hamana
3x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
1x Scoparia ambigualis
7x Cochylis atricapitana
Udea prunalis
Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Celypha striana
2x Celypha rosaceana
2x Phycita roborella
Celypha lacunana
3x Euzophera pinguis
2x Carcina quercana
4x Batia unitella
1x Thistle Ermine
Myelois circumvoluta
4x Dipleurina lacustrata
Crambus perlella
6x Eucosma cana

Euzophera pinguis

Coleophora mayrella


  1. Nice selection there Ben! My Bulrush has obviously seen miles more action than yours.
    In my garden I have no problems with the common prominents......apart from Maple, which I have only seen once.

  2. Hi Ben, I see your catching lots of Uncertains but no Rustics, is that normal with you? I get both and fresh they're not too bad, but now they are getting worn they are a nightmare.

  3. Cheers Matt, hehe yeah I saw that, surely been around a bit! lucky you, I don't get many at all!
    Tony, yes Uncertain very common her, Rustics tend to shun the light in favour of feeding on the Ragwort and Thistles!