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

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Catch Report - 26/09/11 and 27/09/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Bulking these two back to back catch results together to save time (which I have very little of recently it seems) Superb conditions still seeming to dominate here, although the sky is clear, the temperatures have been holding with only a slight drop come early morning. Nice to see my 2rd ever Large Wainscot (albeit from a different locality this time) and also my 3rd ever Large Ranunculus (the other two were trapped at a different in Essex) A Massive number of Angle Shades which I am not use to and some very late flying species, including Blood-vein and Acleris forsskaleana.

Catch Report - 26/09/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

23x Angle Shades
1x Dark Sword-grass

1x Mottled Umber [NFY]

1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]

1x Orange Sallow

2x Pink-barred Sallow

1x Brick

3x Brindled Green

36x Beaded Chestnut

4x Common Marbled Carpet
14x Black Rustic

20x Lunar Underwing

12x Latticed Heath
5x Centre-barred Sallow

82x Large Yellow Underwing
7x Vine's Rustic

2x Common Wainscot

17x Brown-spot Pinion
8x Barred Sallow
2x Frosted Orange

4x Rosy Rustic

1x Copper Underwing
15x Setaceous Hebrew Character

5x Snout

2x Turnip Moth

2x Square-spot Rustic

4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

2x Burnished Brass

2x Cabbage Moth
2x Silver-Y
1x Willow Beauty

3x Light Emerald

1x Dusky Thorn

3x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

1x Acleris aspersana
1x Acleris sparsana
1x Catoptria falsella
2x White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella

1x Celypha lacunana

4x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

1x Ypsolopha parenthesella

1x Acleris forsskaleana

Catch Report - 27/09/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden

Macro Moths

1x Large Wainscot [NFY]
1x Feathered Thorn [NFY]

1x Large Ranunculus [NFY]

1x Blood-vein

15x Angle Shades

2x Blair's Shoulder-knot
3x Pink-barred Sallow
2x Brick
1x Brindled Green
29x Beaded Chestnut
1x Common Marbled Carpet

11x Black Rustic
24x Lunar Underwing
8x Latticed Heath

2x Centre-barred Sallow
77x Large Yellow Underwing

5x Vine's Rustic
1x Common Wainscot

22x Brown-spot Pinion

9x Barred Sallow
3x Rosy Rustic

13x Setaceous Hebrew Character

3x Snout

1x Turnip Moth

3x Square-spot Rustic

2x Lesser Yellow Underwing

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

1x Burnished Brass

1x Silver-Y

1x Willow Beauty
6x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

1x White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Celypha lacunana

2x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Large Ranunculus

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Feathered Thorn

Large Wainscot

Large Wainscot and Common Wainscot

Mottled Umber

Acleris forsskaleana

Acleria sparsana


  1. Really early for a Mottled Umber isn't it?
    I've never seen Acleris sparsana- but still looking out for it, a lot of other bloggers seem to be catching it.......a really good catch there Ben!

  2. Hi Matt, yes very early, also very late for Blood-vein, still even getting lots of fresh Latticed Heaths! I get sparsana quite frequently, asparsana is the uncommon one for me.
    Thanks, the trap is once again out.