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

Friday 23 May 2014

They keep on coming despite cooler conditions

Another good catch last night with a further 8 new species for the year, including a garden first Shears and Enarmonia formosana.
Shears must be having a good year I reckon, having caught two the previous night at Hexton. I will photograph all three together later.
The weather continues to be rather unsettled for the end of May, and so I will probably have a break until Monday night now.

Catch Report - 22/05/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shears [NFG]
1x Turnip Moth [NFY]
1x Scalloped Hazel [NFY]
1x Small Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Mottled Rustic [NFY]
1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
2x Garden Carpet
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Vine's Rustic
2x Flame Shoulder
7x Rustic Shoulder-knot
4x Heart & Dart
1x Common Pug
1x Common Swift

Micro Moths 

1x Enarmonia formosana [NFG]
1x Udea olivalis [NFY]
1x Scoparia ambigualis [NFY]
3x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Eulia ministrana
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Argyresthia spinosella

Small Fan-foot

Enarmonia formosana

Turnip Moth

Trio of Shears

Mottled Rustic

Large Nutmeg

Scoparia ambigualis


  1. Hi Ben! More excellent moths. In case you didn't see, the Pale-shouldered Brocade/Dog's Tooth issue ended very interestingly with a 2-1 split among the three experts called in by Dave W - see http://upperthamesmoths.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/dogs-tooth-and-barred-hook-tip.html#comment-form

    all warmest


  2. Just had a read.
    A tricky one indeed! but I still think the richness of the markings (very tawny) leads itself to Pale-shouldered Brocade.
    All of the Dog's Tooth I have caugt have been pale grey, but I understand there is huge variation.