My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
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 never know what you might find when you open up that trap!
I hope to show what different species inhabit our Country by getting people aware of what is out there.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Essex

Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.

Thanks for looking & 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

Friday, 23 September 2016

National Moth Night 2017 + Facebook Feed Implemented

A little bit ahead of myself and with posts still to catch up on from early September.

The date for next year's National Moth Night are from the 11th to the 13th of October 2017.

I also have now implemented the County Facebook Feed onto this blog to share the recent mutterings amongst fellow Herts Moth Group members.

If you haven't done so already, I urge you to join this group and contribute as much or as little as you like.


Monday, 19 September 2016

A rare import is new for Herts

On the Sunday morning of the 28th of August I was going through my trap and noting down the moths I found nestled within the egg trays when I noticed an unfamiliar looking moth at the bottom of the trap...I got very excited when I potted it up and could not even place the genus let alone the species!
A quick fumble through the guides revealed nothing...it wasn't in them. 
A quick post on social media revealed that it was a Thaumatotibia leucotreta or False Codling Moth an adventive species that feeds off of Citrus fruits. Obviously an import and I am 98% sure it has been brought in on something locally but with the constant migrants recorded lately I couldn't rule it out totally!
New to Herts and I think the 4th? record for the UK.
After that excitement it meant that year first species weren't as breathtaking but welcome all the same.

Species numbers are slowly dwindling and as usual the bulk of the catch is usually about 4 species this time of year.

The specimen resides in the collection of C.W.Plant and will be shown at the Herts Moth Group AGM in 2017.
Catch Report - 27/08/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Coxcomb Prominent 1 [NFY]
Flounced Rustic 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 1
Brimstone Moth 6
Burnished Brass 1
Common Rustic 2
Dark Arches 1
Dun-bar 2
Dusky Thorn 3
Flame Shoulder 2
Garden Carpet 4
Green Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 14
Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
Riband Wave 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 36
Straw Dot 1
Square-spot Rustic 10
Vine's Rustic 6

Micro Moths

Thaumatotibia leucotreta 1 [NEW!]
Nomophila noctuella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis advenella 1 
Blastobasis adustella 3
Celypha lacunana 2 
Emmelina monodactyla 2
Epiphyas postvittana 5
Eudemis profundana 2
Pandemis corylana 2
Plutella xylostella 2
Udea ferrugalis 1

Thaumatotibia leucotreta

Flounced Rustic

Coxcomb Prominent

Nomophila noctuella

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Back on the farm for a slice of the migrant action

Another warm day but with threats of rain and everything was literally soaked in the morning at my parents farm and as a result the catch was pretty low but it was quality over quantity and I was lucky to pick up on a few of the recent arrivals from mainland Europe, namely 2 specimens of Vestal (Sadly one had succumbed to the wicked ways of the wasps or hornets, take your pick...there were about 20 of each!)

3 new Micro Moths for me were great to see including Caryocolum blandella, Gypsonoma minutana and Ypsolopha horridella. All three are quite scarce in the County particularly Gypsonoma minutana.

Sadly I fumbled with the pot and the Ypsolopha horridella went skywards...a photo next time hopefully.

There was quite an explosion of Anthophila fabriciana found around the trap that was alongside swathes of Nettles, these must be 2nd brood. 

A single Sallow was my earliest record ever, my previous earliest was on the 05th of September in 2013.
Catch Report - 24/08/16 - Farmland - Braughing Friars - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap

Macro Moths - 35 Species

Angle Shades 4
Blood-vein 1
Brimstone Moth 12
Burnished Brass 2
Common Carpet 3
Common Wave 4
Dark Arches 1
Dingy Footman 2
Dun-bar 6
Feathered Gothic 2
Flame Shoulder 10
Flounced Rustic 3
Green Carpet 6
Large Twin-spot Carpet 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 15
Maple Pug 4
Mouse Moth 1
Orange Swift 9
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Riband Wave 11
Sallow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 400+
Six-striped Rustic 1
Snout 17
Spectacle 2
Square-spot Rustic 22
Square-spotted Clay 2
Straw Dot 4
Straw Underwing 3
Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Tree-lichen Beauty 2
Vestal 2
Vine's Rustic 4
Yellow Shell 2

Micro Moths - 43 Species

Caryocolum blandella 1[NEW!]
Gypsonoma minutana 1 [NEW!]
Ypsolopha horridella 1 [NEW!]
Acentria ephemerella 3
Acleris forsskaleana 1
Acleris notana/ferrugana 1
Acrobasis advenella 1
Aethes smeathmanniana 1
Agapeta hamana 3
Agonopterix heracliana 2
Agriphila geniculea 5
Agriphila tristella 1
Anthophila fabriciana 20+
Apotomis betuletana 1
Blastobasis adustella 4
Calamotropha paludella 1
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella 3
Catoptria falsella 5
Celypha lacunana 11
Clepsis spectrana 2
Cnephasia sp1
Cochylis atricapitana 3
Cochylis molliculana 1
Cochylis hybridella 9
Cryptoblabes bistriga 1
Cydia splendana 1
Epinotia nisella 4
Eudonia mercurella 1
Endrosis sarcitrella 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Euzophora pinguis 1
Evergestis forficalis 1
Galleria mellonella 1
Grapholita janthinana 1
Limnaecia phragmitella 2
Mompha epilobiella 1
Pandemis heparana 1
Phycita roborella 1
Pleuroptya ruralis 2
Plutella xylostella 20+
Spilonota ocellana 4
Udea ferrugalis 2
Ypsolopha scabrella 2

Epinotia nisella


Gypsonoma minutana


Caryocolum blandella

Apotomis betuletana

Feathered Gothic

Monday, 12 September 2016

End of August catch

This catch is from the 23rd of August and featured a nice selection of moths.

New for the year were 2 Lesser-spotted Pinion (last seen in 2012!), Small Waved Umber, Latticed Heath, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Scrobipalpa costella and the migrant moth White-point so very pleasing indeed.

Amongst 3 tatty Vine's Rustic was a really stunning coloured one with striking cross-bands that really did deserve a photograph.

Initially unknowingly, a trio of micros were new for the garden...a single Pea Moth or Cydia nigricana, Epinotia tenerana and Galleria mellonella were all garden firsts and now brings the total micro moth list for the garden to 277 species

Definitely quality over quantity!!
Catch Report - 23/08/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Latticed Heath 1 [NFY]
Lesser Spotted Pinion 2 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 2
Blood-vein 1
Burnished Brass 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Common Rustic 2
Dun-bar 3
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Carpet 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Maiden's Blush 3
Riband Wave 1
September Thorn 1
Straw Dot 1
Vine's Rustic 4
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths

Cydia nigricana 1 [NFG] 
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFG]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFG]
Scrobipalpa costella 1 [NFY]
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha parenthesella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis advenella 1 
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Celypha lacunana 2 
Eudemis profundana 1
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Pyrausta aurata 1

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Scrobipalpa costella

Udea ferrugalis

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Vine's Rustic