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 27 May 2012

Catch Report - 24/05/12 - Latton Woods - Harlow

Decided to do an all-nighter at this previously un-trapped woodland, just south of Harlow, it is a lovely area with mixed deciduous and coniferous trees, alot of them about 15 years old, and inbetween Oaks of 200+ years, plenty of Aspen, Beech and Birch and lots of Pine.
Any record we got would be new so it was great to get a good selection of moths not normally associated with garden traps.
Incredibly warm all day and the evening stayed mild, and after a hiccup with my generator stopping, we soon got going with another one!
Lovely to see so many Ochreous Pug's.

Catch Report - 24/05/12 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap -Latton Woods - Harlow

Macro Moths

8x Ochreous Pug [NFY]
7x Poplar Lutestring [NFY] 
1x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
2x Tawny-barred Angle [NFY]
2x Maiden's Blush [NFY]
4x Seraphim [NFY]
3x Orange Footman [NFY]
2x Pale Oak Beauty [NFY]
1x Coxcomb Prominent [NFY]
1x Brown Silver-line [NFY]
2x Brindled White-spot [NFY]
1x Buff-tip [NFY]
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
1x Spruce Carpet
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Pale Prominent
2x Chocolate-tip
3x Oak Hook-tip
5x Grey-pine Carpet
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
3x Silver-ground Carpet
5x Pale Tussock
1x Common Carpet
2x Muslin Moth
25x Green Carpet
2x Iron Prominent
3x Brimstone Moth
9x Common Swift
3x Pebble Hook-tip
4x Brindled Pug

Micro Moths

9x Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia trifasciata [NFY]
3x Incurvaria oehlmanniella [NFY]
5x Esperia sulphurella [NFY]
1x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
1x Codling Moth Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
5x Syndemis musculana 
2x Adela reaumurella
7x Cnephasia sp.

Ochreous Pug

Pale Oak Beauty

Poplar Lutestring

Tawny-barred Angle

Oak Hook-tip

Maiden's Blush

Coxcomb Prominent

Grey-pine Carpet

Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana


  1. Excellent stuff, Ben! I'm so glad the camping expedition was worthwhile - and also that you got the Great Prominent earlier. And, as always, thanks very much for your help with my own dodgy identifications.

    Here's hoping that this lovely warm weather carries on.

    All warm wishes


  2. Thanks Martin, you are very welcome :) keep up with yor efforts, they are a joy to read and sorry I haven't had much time to comment recently as I've been so busy with work, family life and err moths :)