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

Saturday 16 May 2015

Hexton Round two

Round two at Hexton Chalk Pit, and thinking it would be a good evening for it, it was cloudy but not overly warm during the day, 13 degrees was good enough under cloudy skies.
We were all set up and then the wind picked up, a cool South Westerly hmmm, not good but maybe it won't be so bad....half hour into the session and the heavens opened and enough rain fell to a put a real dampener on the evening. The moths pretty much stopped flying after this and we packed up by 11.30pm.
That's the way mothing goes I suppose! A quite paltry selection of moths for mid-May. Best moth was a Varied Coronet.
Also not mothy related but a smart looking Horned Treehopper Centrotus cornutus caught my eye on the sheet, what a cute little thing.
Upon returning home I checked the trap that I had left running in the garden for my contribution to GMS....just 4 moths was all I could muster, Buff-tip, Brimstone Moth, Nut-tree Tussock and Epiphyas postvittana was the small list.
Never-mind there is always next time. 

Catch Report -  15/05/15 - Hexton Chalk Pit - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Common Swift
1x Double-striped Pug
6x Flame Shoulder
15+ Green Carpet
1x Grey Pug

2x Oak-tree Pug
1x Orange Footman
1x Pale Tussock
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Purple Bar

1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Shears
1x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Phoenix
1x Varied Coronet
1x Waved Umber
3x White Ermine
1x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths
3x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Elachista argentella

5x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Nematopogon schwarziellus 

Centrotus cornutus

Varied Coronet


  1. First time i`ve seen a tree hopper excellent photos

  2. Thanks Ron, never seen anything like this before, closest has been a Ledra aurita, but these are twice this size.