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 19 June 2017

Pretty mental

Things just keep getting better and better and the species are really racking up in my garden with this continued heatwave in fact it's been pretty nice for a week now with highs last Wednesday of 25 degrees and a minimum temperature of 15c under clear skies brought the moths out.

19 species were new for the year, a further two were new for the garden and another 2 were (possibly) completely new for me! Breathtaking indeed. 

Two of the species still need genitalia examination for confirmation.

I'll let the list and the photos do the talking.

Catch Report - 14/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Footman [NFY]
1x Barred Yellow [NFY]
1x Blotched Emerald [NFY]
1x Buff Arches [NFY]
1x Burnished Brass [NFY]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Double Square-spot [NFY]
2x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Flame [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Fern [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Brown Rustic
1x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Silver
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
2x Common Wainscot
1x Dark Arches
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Fan-foot
1x Garden Carpet
1x Grey Pug
1x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Light Emerald
1x Maiden's Blush
2x Marbled Minor
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Mottled Pug
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Orange Footman
2x Riband Wave
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Treble Brown Spot
5x Willow Beauty
1x Uncertain

Micro Moths

1x Caloptilia falconipennella? [NEW!]
2x Sorhagenia sp (pending) [NEW!]
1x Argyresthia curvella [NFG]
1x Ptycholoma lecheana [NFG]
1x Archips podana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia cupressella [NFY]
1x Cnephasia sp [NFY]
1x Crambus pascuella [NFY] 
1x Crassa unitella [NFY]
1x Ditula angustiorana [NFY]
1x Hedya nubiferana [NFY] 
1x Notocelia trimaculana [NFY]
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
2x Anania hortulata
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Clepsis consimilana 
2x Ephestia sp 
1x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Eudonia lacustrata 
2x Mompha subbistrigella 
1x Notocelia trimaculana
2x Pandemis cerasana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Teleiodes luculella
2x Tortrix viridana
2x Udea olivalis

Barred Yellow

Blotched Emerald

Argyresthia curvella

Ditula angustiorana

Ptycholoma lecheana

Sorhagenia sp?

Sorhagenia sp?

Caloptilia falconipennella?


  1. I'd think Exoteleia dodecella for the Sorhagenia, Ben. The Caloptilia looks interesting.

  2. Thanks Billy, I will look at that. Yep Caloptilia to be dissected.