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

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A pretty tricky customer

Another warm and muggy night and another quality catch with plenty to smile about and some different moths to compliment the garden list so far.
An initial headache over a very pretty micro moth lasted a good hour pondering books, websites and my own photos, the conclusion was a form of Epinotia nisella that I hadn't seen before.

A mint Tawny-speckled Pug was probably my favourite moth of the night.

Parachronistis albiceps was a good record of a species that is becoming more frequent.

Trap out again tomorrow night.

Catch Report - 26/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Knot Grass [NFY] 
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFY]
1x Tawny Speckled Pug [NFY]
4x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
10x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
5x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dusky Sallow
1x Dwarf Cream Wave 
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Flounced Rustic
1x Green Pug
2x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Dart
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
4x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
19x Riband Wave
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Shaded Pug
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Rivulet
1x Snout
1x Straw Dot
2x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths 

1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella [NFG]
1x Epinotia nisella [NFG]
1x Parachronistis albiceps [NFG]
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana [NFY]
1x Cacoecimorpha pronubana [NFY]
2x Splionota laricana [NFY]
1x Euzophera pinguis [NFY]
1x Apotomis betuletana [NFY]
5x Carcina quercana
21x Blastobasis adustella
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Pammene aurita
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
2x Parornix sp
1x Cameraria ohridella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Athrips mouffetella
1x Caloptilia betulicola
1x Ditula angustiorana
7x Agriphila straminella
5x Gysonoma dealbana
1x Conobathra repandana
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana
2x Phycita roborella
2x Trachycera advenella
3x Trachycera suavella
8x Dipleurina lacustrata
6x Endotricha flammealis
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
10x Spilonota ocellana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
3x Cydia splendana
4x Argyesthia goedartella
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Clepsis consimilana
2x Batia unitella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Pandemis corylana
4x Plutella xylostella

Apotomis betuletana

Epinotia nisella

Knot Grass

Parachronistis albiceps

Pyrausta aurata

Spilonota laricana

Tawny Speckled Pug

Friday, 25 July 2014

Heatwave continues

More trapping again this week and I put the trap out again on the most favourable night that the forecasters had predicted.
Thursday morning saw me going through the trap once again at 6am and jotting down the species present.
I would love to trap every night, but couldn't justify the time making lists day after day, often repeating the same species.
The trap wasn't brimming this morning but there was one surprise towards the bottom. The wetland Pyralid Donacaula forficella. A little tatty but a very welcome addition to the ever growing garden list.
A nice collection of Micros were also new for the year. 

Catch Report - 24/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Small Rivulet [NFY] 
1x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff Footman
1x Buff-tip
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
3x Common Footman
15x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
8x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Fern
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Grey Dagger
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Least Carpet
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
1x Maple Prominent
1x Maple Pug
1x Nutmeg
1x Pale Prominent
2x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
12x Riband Wave
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Donacaula forficella [NFG]
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana [NFG]
2x Acentria ephemerella [NFY]
2x Hypatima rhomboidella [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
2x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Pandemis corylana
3x Bryotropha terrella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
1x Celypha striana
3x Yponomeuta evonymella
4x Batia unitella
12x Plutella xylostella
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Agapeta hamana
14x Endotricha flammealis
1x Spilonota ocellana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Udea prunalis
3x Eudonia mercurella
2x Agriphila straminella
2x Crambus perlella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Bucculatrix thoracella

Cydia splendana

Donacaula forficella

Flounced Rustic

Tinea semifulvella

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Welcome Wetland Wanderer

Another warm and muggy night on Sunday night (A bit behind with reports!) and yet another opportunity to trap...when will these warm and sultry evenings end? Possibly tomorrow with clearing skies forecast but with such high daytime temperatures still on the cards the forecasters are still suggesting minimums of 14 degrees all week.

Easily the best moth of the night was a pristine Silky Wainscot, a bit of a shock really. Is it a primary migrant or a wanderer, I think I will go with the latter.
Another good moth for the garden was a beautiful Bordered Pug.

I also managed to get the magnifying glass out and pot up a tiny micro moth that turned out to be a first for me Bucculatrix ulmella.
Conobathra repandana was also nice to see, as I missed out on one last year having previously seen one on the 17th August 2012
Rhyacionia buoliana and Eucosma obumbratana also boosting the garden list.

Catch Report - 20/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Silky Wainscot [NFG]
1x Bordered Pug [NFG]
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFG]
1x Dusky Sallow [NFY]
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFY]
2x Ruby Tiger [NFY]
2x Black Arches
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Arches
3x Cabbage Moth
1x Clay
2x Clouded Silver
1x Common Emerald 
2x Common Footman
8x Common Rustic
4x Dark Arches
35x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
4x Dun-bar
1x Early Thorn
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Green Pug
1x Heart & Club
3x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
1x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
3x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Peppered Moth
2x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
20x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
4x Scalloped Oak
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Slender Brindle
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Smoky Wainscot
1x Spectacle
1x Straw Dot
3x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
3x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths 

1x Bucculatrix ulmella [NEW!]
1x Eucosma obumbratana [NFG]
1x Rhyacionia buoliana [NFG]
1x Conobathra repandana [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella [NFY]
1x Pammene fasciana [NFY]
1x Bryotropha affinis
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Celypha striana
1x Coleophora sp
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Argyesthia goedartella
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Agriphila straminella
1x Cameraria ohridella
1x Batia unitella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
10x Plutella xylostella
3x Oegoconia sp
4x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Tischeria ekebladella
1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
20x Endotricha flammealis
1x Clepsis consimilana
3x Spilonota ocellana
1x Phycita roborella
2x Udea prunalis
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Trachycera suavella
1x Aphelia paleana
5x Eudonia mercurella
1x Ditula angustiorana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Carcina quercana

Eucosma obumbratana

Silky Wainscot

Dusky Sallow

Bordered Pug

Bucculatrix ulmella

Conobathra repandana

Rhyacionia buoliana