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

Monday, 24 August 2015

Flagging and lagging behind.

Where does the time go eh?
A week ago we came back from our holiday and I feel like I have done precisely nothing!
This report is from Friday night and was a fantastic haul on a very warm and humid night and included several new species for the garden. 
It was lovely to get two Tree-lichen Beauties (2nd and 3rd garden records respectively) and garden firsts of Six-striped Rustic, Olive and 2 White-points.
Svensson's Copper Underwing was noted after checking every single Copper Underwing last year to no avail, I was lucky to find one so quickly this year.
And that was just the Macro's....on the Micro front there was also plenty of interest.
  Ypsolopha alpella was new for the garden and not a very frequent moth with me.

All in all a cracking night and just a shame that the weather has now turned very unsettled for this coming week, still it might be worth sticking out the trap just incase of something very special turning up!

Catch Report -  21/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Six-striped Rustic [NFG]
1x Olive [NFG]
2x White-point [NFG]
1x Knot Grass [NFY]
2x Tree-lichen Beauty [NFY] 
1x Old Lady [NFY]
2x Dusky Thorn [NFY] 
1x Svensson's Copper Underwing [NFY]
18x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Copper Underwing

4x Square-spotted Clay
1x Iron Prominent
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
3x Garden Carpet
1x Yellow Shell 2x Mouse Moth
1x Angle Shades 5x Orange Swift
2x Straw Dot
2x Flounced Rustic

1x Double-striped Pug
15x Square-spot Rustic
1x Cabbage Moth
3x Dark Arches
3x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver Y
2x Small Square-spot
3x Common Rustic
4x Straw Underwing
8x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Flame Shoulder-
1x Spectacle
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Dun-bar
2x Marbled Beauty
4x Riband Wave
1x Maple Pug
5x Vine's Rustic
38x Willow Beauty
1x Maiden's Blush

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha alpella [NFG]
1x Argyresthia albistria [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha dentella [NFY]
3x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
5x Cameraria ohridella [NFY]
2x Cydia splendana [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Parornix sp
1x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Cydia pomonella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
12x Agriphila tristella
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana  
1x Bucculatrix ulmella
1x Lyonetia clerkella  
5x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Acentria ephemerella
1x Acrobasis advenella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Celypha striana
1x Carcina quercana
1x Ditula angustiorana
10x Blastobasis adustella
2x Blastobasis lacticolella
5x Pandemis corylana
10x Pleuroptya ruralis

4x Agriphila straminella
3x Spilonota ocellana
12x Evergestis forficalis
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Bryotropha terrella
2x Emmelina monodactyla

Dusky Thorn

Lyonetia clerkella

Ypsolopha alpella


Six-striped Rustic


Tree-lichen Beauty

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Old Lady

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A new moth for me greets me on my return

Hello all.
When I got home I was eager to set the trap up again and couldn't resist a look before I went to bed to see what had turned up.
I spotted an unfamiliar micro in the family Nemapogon.
Potted up and under the lens it turned out to be Nemapogon clematella a completely new moth for me and a really pretty surprise to welcome me home.
I see that it isn't a common moth for Herts with only a few records recently.

Two more new moths for the garden were also in the trap, a lovely Ear Moth and an equally pretty Sallow Kitten.

Other new moths for the year were Square-spotted Clays, over 20 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Orange Swifts, Mouse Moth, Oak Hook-tip and Copper Underwing amongst others.

Small Phoenix was back after last year's absense.

Catch Report -  17/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Ear Moth [NFG]
1x Sallow Kitten [NFG]
1x Coxcomb Prominent [NFY]
20x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Small Waved Umber [NFY]
2x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFY]
2x Square-spotted Clay [NFY] 
1x Mouse Moth [NFY]
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Small Phoenix [NFY]
6x Orange Swift [NFY]
1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Nut-tree Tussock
8x Square-spot Rustic
1x Scarce Footman
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Dark Arches
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Tawny Speckled Pug
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Silver Y 
1x Small Square-spot
5x Common Rustic
3x Straw Underwing
6x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Flame Shoulder 
1x Scalloped Oak
2x Spectacle
1x Magpie Moth
1x Dingy Footman
5x Brimstone Moth
1x Dun-bar
1x Marbled Beauty
2x Riband Wave
2x Maple Pug
4x Vine's Rustic
25x Willow Beauty
1x Black Arches

Micro Moths

1x Nemapogon clematella [NEW!]
7x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix ulmella [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella [NFY]
3x Epiphyas postvittana
5x Blastobasis adustella
3x Pandemis corylana
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Agriphila straminella
2x Spilonota ocellana
2x Evergestis forficalis
2x Eudonia mercurella
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Plutella xylostella
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Ear Moth

Nemapogon clematella

Sallow Kitten

Bucculatrix ulmella

Oak Hook-tip

Square-spotted Clay

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Back from Turkey

Hello all.
I have just got back from Turkey last night after a fabulous two weeks away of not doing much at all really! A day trip to Rhodes was great as well as going to an Aqua park for our 1 year wedding anniversary.
Turkey is certainly a beautiful Country and the people are very friendly too.
We stayed in the Green Forest Hotel just outside Hisaronu and I would thoroughly recommend it.
I did have a few wanders about looking for wildlife in the day, but it was just too hot for much to be honest, a fair few Swallow-tails, Geranium Bronzes and Great-banded Grayling's was all I could find.
What I was more interested in was the moths, of course! and there were a reasonable amount of species that I had never seen before.
As most of you are probably aware, it is illegal to moth-trap in Turkey so I had to be very careful indeed. Most nights I just run my 11w Fluorescent tube on the balcony until we got back to the room and went to bed, then the light was switched off (max running time of about 3hrs) and the balcony light was then left on until the morning.
On two nights though I ventured into the woods and used my light with a small net and a few pots.

Here is a full list of the moths that I saw whilst I was there, pictures below are just a small sample of the species I photographed, their will be more on my Flickr @ Bennyboymothman

There are still plenty of moths to confirm with identifications though so this list isn't exhaustive!

Macro Moths

4x Catacola conversa
2x Eublemma Parva
1x Small Mottled Willow
1x Dark Mottled Willow

1x Double-striped Pug
2x Vestal
10+ Tree-lichen Beauty
1x Problepsis ocellata
2x Passenger

4x Bordered Straw
3x Blair's Mocha
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Knot Grass

1x Cryphia ochsi
1x Menophra japygiaria
1x Pearly Underwing
1x Willow Beauty
3x Striped Hawk-moth
1x Scarce Bordered Straw

1x Jersey Tiger
1x Humming-bird Hawk-moth

1x Cilix asiatica

Micro Moths

30+ Nomophila noctuella
1x Udea ferrugalis
5+ Nola chlamitualis
1x Etiella zinckenella
1x Pyroderces argyrogrammos
10+ Euchromus bella
1x Pyrausta despicta
1x Nyctegretis sp
1x Palpita vitrealis

1x Dolicharthria punctalis
3x Phalonidia contractana
1x Endothenia oblongana
1x Lobesia reliquana
2x Metasia rosealis
1x Catoptria corsicella?
2x Hellula undalis

1x Cydia splendana
2x Endotricha flammealis
2x Antigastra catalaunalis
Antigastra catalaunalis

Blair's Mocha

Cilix asiatica

Cryphia ochsi

Dolicharthria punctalis

Etiella zinckenella

Eublemma parva's

Hellula undalis

Menophra japygiaria

The Passenger

Phalonidia contractana

Problepsis ocellata

Pyroderces argyrogrammos

Striped Hawk-moth


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Weekend mothing and end of week round-up

Going back to Wednesday whilst washing up after dinner, I noticed a moth crawling up our patio door (this happens often for some unknown reason. Last night there was a Scalloped Oak just sitting there...there wasn't even my trap on or the kitchen light, it's as if they want to let me know that they are there!)
I potted it up carefully and on quick inspection thought it was my second garden record of Acrolepiopsis assectella, the Leek Moth.
But a more thorough look and a quick pot shot revealed that is was an Acrolepia autumnitella, a species I have never seen before and not a common moth in Hertfordshire.

Moving on to the main event, last night I ran the trap again after a relatively mild day with highs of 22 degrees, I must of admit I didn't think I would like doing a car boot sale yesterday, but it I was pleasantly surprised and coupled with the sunny day it made it feel much better.
A bit of a chilly start again this morning and more akin to an October morning, but there were plenty of moths to ponder over.
There seems to be a severe lack of Yellow Underwings this year for some reason with just one's and two's recorded each time I trap. Normally I get 10-15+. 
Other than that a nice splash of colour with a yearly appearance of Magpie moth and a pair of Pammene aurita's.

Edit : Also my second ever record of Borkhausenia fuscescens turned up initially thinking that it was Tinea pellionella, thanks to Bill Dykes for spotting this error. 

Catch Report -  01/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Rivulet [NFY]
1x Magpie moth [NFY]
1x Maple Pug
1x Yellow Shell
1x Buff Ermine
2x Double Square-spot
2x Nut-tree Tussock
12x Common Rustic
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
2x Riband Wave
1x Willow Beauty
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Common Footman
1x Common White Wave
2x September Thorn
2x Peppered Moth
1x Least Carpet
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Uncertain
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Lackey
1x Silver Y
3x Dark Arches
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Straw Underwing
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x July Highflyer
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Small Fan-footed Wave

Micro Moths

1x Acrolepia autumnitella [NEW!]
1x Borkhausenia fuscescens [NFG]
1x Acrobasis advenella [NFY]
2x Spilonota laricana [NFY]
2x Pammene aurita [NFY]
1x Tinea pellionella
1x Eudonia mercurella
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Cydia fagiglandana
1x Bryotropha terrella
6x Agriphila straminella
4x Agriphila tristella
1x Coleophora sp
1x Ambylptilia acanthdactyla
1x Celypha lacunana
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Anania coronata
1x Blastobasis adustella
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
4x Spilonota ocellana
1x Batia unitella
2x Acleris variegana
1x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Aphomia sociella 

Pammene aurita - Pair

Magpie Moth

Small Rivulet

Acrolepia autumnitella

Maple Pug

Spilonota laricana

Borkhausenia fuscescens

Friday, 31 July 2015

Belated garden post

It really has been manic lately and I haven't even had time to type up Tuesday's report, so here it is.
Another cracking night and right just before the wind switched round and it was blowing cool Northerlies, in fact this morning it got to as low as 7 degrees, at the end of July? Is unprecedented. 
Both Cydia fagiglandana and Agapeta zoegana were new for the garden.
A really nice brown and rusty coloured Straw Underwing caught my eye, I usually get quite grey examples of this species.

Catch Report -  28/07/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Wormwood Pug [NFY]
1x Tawny Speckled Pug [NFY]
1x Black Arches [NFY]
1x Buff-tip
1x Peppered Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Smoky Wainscot
1x Heart & Dart
1x Dun-bar
2x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
3x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
3x Dark Arches
1x Light Arches
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
4x Silver Y
1x Least Carpet
1x Rustic
3x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Engrailed
2x Riband Wave
25x Common Rustic
Micro Moths

1x Cydia fagiglandana [NFG]
1x Agapeta zoegana [NFG]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Gypsonoma dealbana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Pammene regiana
2x Eudonia mercurella
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Ancylis achatana
2x Acentria ephemerella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Celypha striana
4x Agriphila straminella
1x Celypha lacunana
3x Nomophila noctuella
1x Aphelia paleana
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Elachista apicipunctella
1x Acleris variegana
2x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Clepsis consimilana
Agriphila tristella

Black Arches

Gypsonoma dealbana

Straw Undewing

Tawny Speckled Pug

Wormwood Pug

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Moth deluge at Hexton for National Moth Night

Last Thursday we had a good night at Hexton, with 167 species in all, with two still pending identification.
It was a pretty good night weather wise as well with oodles of cloud cover and a very faint breeze and a minimum temperature at leaving time at 14 degrees.

It has taken me a few days to sort it all out but highlights were 8+ Royal Mantle, 1x Agriphila inquinatella, 1x Pyla fusca, 2x Wood Carpet, 2x Rosy Minor, 4x Barred Rivulet and no less than 10 Paratalanta hyalinalis, the rare Pyralid we discovered last year that hadn't been seen since 1937, evidently it is hear safe and sound and still in good numbers.
I didn't get to bed until 3am and was up at 6 so was thoroughly shattered!

The suspected Least Minor was just a very small Cloaked Minor (Least Minor is absent from the Herts list and most of the South)
The unusual Brocade sp that I took home has been agreed on just an unusual form of Dark Arches, I have certainly never seen anything like it. 
Thanks to all of the chaps that turned up and a great turn out of 7 people, with 3 others helping me pack up it made it a lot more bearable, so thank you!

Catch Report -  23/07/15 - Hexton Chalk Pit - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap

167 Species - 95 Macros and 72 Micros

Macro Moths

2x Barred Rivulet [NEW!]
1x Barred Yellow
3x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Black Arches
1x Bordered Sallow
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
4x Brown Scallop
5x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Buff Arches
3x Buff Footman
2x Burnished Brass
1x Campion
1x Chinese Character
10x Clay
6x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
2x Clouded Silver
2x Common Carpet
1x Common Footman

15+ Common Rustic
2x Common Wainscot
10x Dark Arches
1x Dark Umber
3x Dingy Footman
2x Dot Moth
10+ Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dusky Sallow
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Ear Moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Engrailed
5x Fern
3x Flame
4x Flame Shoulder

1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Arches
1x Grey/Dark Dagger (to be gen det)
1x Grey Pug

3x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Club
4x Heart & Dart
1x July Highflyer
1x Large Emerald
6x Large Twin-spot Carpet
5x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Latticed Heath
1x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Light Arches

1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
2x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
4x Nut-tree Tussock

1x Nutmeg
1x Pebble Prominent

1x Peppered Moth
2x Pretty Chalk Carpet
1x Purple Bar

5x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
2x Rosy Minor [NEW!]
8+ Royal Mantle
6x Ruby Tiger
8x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
10+ Scarce Footman
5x Shaded Broad-bar
10+x Silver Y
2x Single-dotted Wave
2x Slender Brindle
2x Slender Pug
1x Small Emerald
7x Small Fan-footed Wave
10x Small Phoenix
1x Small Scallop
2x Small Waved Umber
1x Small Yellow Wave
10x Smoky Wainscot
1x Snout
2x Spectacle
2x Straw Dot
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Sycamore
1x Toadflax Pug
5x Uncertain
1x V-pug
1x White-spotted Pug
2x Wood Carpet
4x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail
Micro Moths
10+ Paratalanta hyalinalis
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Agriphila inquinatella 
1x Acleris aspersana
10+ Eucosma obumbratana
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana
1x Eucosma conterminana
15+ Eucosma cana
10+ Agapeta zoegana
3x Agapeta hamana
6x Agriphila straminea
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Clepsis consimilana
4x Pleuroptya ruralis
5x Pterophorus pentadactyla
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Plutella xylostella
10+ Eudonia lacustrata
5x Eudonia mercurella
3x Cnephasia sp
2x Carcina quercana
1x Batia lunaris
2x Syncopacma sp
5+ Endotricha flammealis
1x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Monopis weaverella
1x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Psyche casta (case)
2x Acleris forsskaleana
15+ Catoptria pinella
5x Acentria ephemerella
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
2x Udea prunalis
2x Cochylis hybridella
1x Cydia pomonella
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
2x Metzneria metzneriella
1x Acleris variegana
2x Aethes cnicana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Coleophora trifolii
2x Euzophera pinguis
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
10+ Crambus perlella
3x Stenoptilia pterodactyla
1x Archips xylosteana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Acrobasis advenella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Teleiodes vulgella
1x Oncocera semirubella
1x Notocelia uddmanniana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Lobesia abscisana
2x Archips podana
1x Acrobasis consociella
1x Rhopobota naevana
2x Cydia fagiglandana
3x Acrobasis suavella
1x Pyla fusca
1x Pammene aurita
1x Ditula angustiorana
2x Scoparia subfusca
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Pos Scoparia basistrigalis (to be gen det)
1x Mompha raschkiella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Aphelia paleana
2x Agonopterix liturosa
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
Dagger sp

Rosy Minor

Royal Mantle

Wood Carpet

Pyla fusca

Paratalanta hyalinalis

Dark Arches

Cydia fagiglandana

Acleris aspersana

Agriphila inquinatella

Barred Rivulet

Cloaked Minor