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

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Catch Report - Braughing 25/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

After feeling pretty ill lately I still managed to set just the one trap last night and I am so glad I did, with what looked like a great night weather-wise, by the morning it was still warm with a little dew.
In the trap was the usual pickings including a few new for year's Drinker, Willow Beauty, Uncertain, Beautiful Hook-tip (all trap regular's at this time of year) then my heart skipped a beat... a Delicate sitting at the bottom, a super migrant and one I have only ever seen abroad before and that was as far away as Slovenia! though this moth is more likely to have come from France. 
Further rummaging through the trap, yielded not 1 but 2 extra new moths for me. The first I looked at as a Shears, but no hang on... it's too brown, Tawny Shears it was! 
The 3rd I took with me to my CR to confirm that indeed it was my very first Wood Carpet. I guess double checking all of those Common Carpets had finally paid off!
3 ticks in a night was rather overwhelming I must say.

Catch Report - Braughing 25/06/12 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Delicate [NEW!]
1x Tawny Shears [NEW!]
1x Wood Carpet [NEW!]
1x Beautiful Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Drinker [NFY]
2x Willow Beauty [NFY]
2x Uncertain [NFY]
4x Angle Shades
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Spruce Carpet
7x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Nutmeg
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Spectacle
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Vine's Rustic
1x White Ermine
1x Buff Ermine
1x Common Footman
11x Brown Rustic
2x Large Nutmeg
4x Ingrailed Clay
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Dark Arches
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Cinnabar
1x Treble Brown Spot
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Clouded Silver
1x Light Emerald
2x Flame
2x Light Arches
1x Turnip
2x Heart & Dart
1x Scorched Wing
1x Blood-vein
2x Burnished Brass
1x Pale Prominent
1x Barred Straw
2x Orange Footman
1x Light Brocade
1x Common Wave

Micro Moths
1x Psyche casta [NEW!] (CASE)
1x Dipleurina lacustrata [NFY]
1x White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFY]
3x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
4x Udea Olivalis
1x Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
1x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
4x Agapeta hamana
2x Scoparia ambigualis 
3x Ephestia parasitella
2x Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana


Wood Carpet

Tawny Shears

Ingrailed Clay



Dipleurina lacustrata

White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla

Psyche casta


  1. Complete novice here Ben, but a very enthusiastic newcomer to this fascinating subject
    Psyche casta image - I take to be the pupa!
    Superb Blog. Not to mention the skill of the photographer.