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 28 May 2012

Catch Report - 27/05/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

A really good catch last night with a total of 59, possibly 60 species including a cracking Light Brocade and a Clouded-bordered Brindle, both garden firsts and an Endothenia which is either gentianaeana or marginana, not sure which.
Numbers are really on the up now with some species going beyond 20 individuals.
It remained warm all night but things are set to change unfortunately, with cooler conditions expected by Wednesday.

Catch Report - 27/05/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

1x Cinnabar [NFY]
12x Nutmeg [NFY] 
1x Common Wave [NFY]
1x Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Light Brocade [NFY]
2x Large Nutmeg [NFY] 
4x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY]
1x Clouded-bordered Brindle [NFY]
1x Brown Rustic [NFY]
1x Buff Ermine [NFY]
1x Blood-vein [NFY]
25x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Brindled Pug
1x Buff-tip
2x Common Carpet
1x Pale Oak Beauty
2x Pebble Prominent
1x Swallow Prominent
1x Pale Prominent
1x Waved Umber
1x Spectacle
22x Treble-lines
23x Green Carpet
1x Hebrew Character
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet 
1x Oak Hook-tip
2x Oak-tree Pug
2x Orange Footman
1x Scorched Wing
4x Brimstone Moth
26x Common Swift
2x Pale Tussock
5x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Angle Shades
10x Silver-Y
2x Lime-speck Pug
12x Latticed Heath
4x Clouded Silver
5x Flame Shoulder
1x Scorched Carpet
3x Common Pug
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Peppered Moth
5x White Ermine

Micro Moths
1x Endothenia marginana [NEW!]
1x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x Parornix sp [NFY] 
1x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata [NFY]
1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis [NFY]
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
6x Syndemis musculana
2x Cochylis atricapitana
1x Caloptilia syringella
7x Celypha lacunana
2x Monopsis weaverella
1x Epiblema cynosbatella
5x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
4x  Ash Bud Moth Prays fraxinella

Endothenia sp

Light Brocade

Marbled Minor


Clouded-bordered Brindled ab.combusta


Setaceous Hebrew Character

Brown Rustic

Large Nutmeg

Ash Bud Moth Prays fraxinella


  1. A fantastic return there Ben.

    It's worth noting in your records that the P. fraxinella is f. rustica, as some authorities have this as a distinct species and if they were ever to be split on the British List, having these notes helps to determine the range of the separate species.


  2. Thanks Dave, I will make a note of that, they were all of this form for some strange reason.