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

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Some fantastic moths in the garden

16 new for years was blooming good for late July in my garden as we just creep past peak moth season, it is a sad time as numbers will probably fall away now but only slowly. If only we got a settled month of weather for Summer then we would probably see more moths.

Notable species for my garden included Pebble Hook-tip (went missing for 3 years), Shaded Broad-bar (not a common moth here) and two garden first micro moths, Eucosma conterminana and Achroia grisella.
Other bits of interest was a dark Dart moth of  somekind, it isn't Turnip Moth as the hindwings are dark grey, which leaves either Heart & Club and Garden Dart. It would be great if it is the latter as that would be a garden first.

Another pretty moth and quite common this year in the garden, a stunning form of July Highflyer.

Weather-wise now we stick with the changeable conditions, if it's sunny then it is warm, but with plenty of cloud and rain the temperatures look set to struggle in the low 20's. 

Catch Report - 22/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Dingy Footman 2 [NFY]
Marbled Beauty 2 [NFY]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Rustic 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]
Slender Brindle 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 2
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 4
Common Rustic 17
Dark Arches 1
Dart sp [TBC]
Dot Moth 24
Double Square-spot 2
Dun-bar 3
Fan-foot 1
Fern 1
Haworth's Pug 3
July Highflyer 3
Lackey 1
Least Carpet 3
Mottled Rustic 1
Nut-tree Tussock 3
Poplar Hawk-moth 2
Riband Wave 3
Scalloped Oak 4
Single-dotted Wave 2
Small Blood-vein 1
Small Emerald 2
Small Fan-foot 1
Small Fan-footed Wave 4
Small Rivulet 1
Straw Underwing 2
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
V-pug 2
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Achroia grisella 1 [NFG]
Eucosma conterminana 1 [NFG]
Agriphilsa straminella 4 [NFY]
Agriphila tristella 2 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 2 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1 [NFY]
Pyrausta aurata 1 [NFY]
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha dentella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis suavella 1
Anania coronata 2
Aphomia sociella 1
Argyresthia goedartella 2
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Bryotropha terrella 2
Carcina quercana 3
Celypha striana 2
Coleophora sp 1
Cydia splendana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 5
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Eudonia mercurella 2
Eurrhypara hortulata 1
Gypsonoma dealbana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
Pandemis heparana 1
Phyllonorycter coryli 1
Plutella xylostella 12
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Spilonota ocellana 5
Yponomeuta evonymella 3
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Slender Brindle

Small Rivulet

Marbled Beauty

July Highflyer

Pebble Hook-tip

Achroia grisella

Eucosma conterminana

Dart sp TBC

Monday, 25 July 2016

Catching up with catches. The prequel..

A flipping huge catch last Monday night, apologies for being a week behind but time seems to run away with me during peak moth season with photos to take, edit and then the list to type up.
This catch was just prior to the previous post about the fantastic night's trapping on the farm.
For my garden this amount of moths was brilliant with loads of new moths for the year list.

Best of all there were two new species for my garden, namely Epiblema costipunctana, a fairly common Tortrix moth that I use to catch on the farm regularly.
The other was Eana incanana, another good species and one i've trapped before on the farm also. Not content with one, I trapped another on Friday night!

Happy mothing everyone!

Catch Report - 18/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Large Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Shaded Pug 1 [NFY]
Slender Pug 1 [NFY]
Small Rivulet 1 [NFY]
Straw Underwing 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Buff Arches 1
Burnished Brass 1
Clay 1
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 3
Common Rustic 5
Common White Wave 1
Dark Arches 2
Dot Moth 10
Double-striped Pug 3
Dun-bar 1
Dwarf Cream Wave 1
Early Thorn 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fern 1
Flame 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Dart 1
July Highflyer 2
Lackey 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Mottled Rustic 2
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Peppered Moth 2
Riband Wave 2
Rustic 1
Scalloped Oak 2
Scarce Footman 1
Short-cloaked Moth 1
Silver-Y 4
Swallow-tailed Moth 6
Uncertain 2
V-pug 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow Shell 1
Yellow-tail 1

Micro Moths

Eana incanana 1 [NFG]
Epiblema costipunctana 1 [NFG]
Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis repandana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia brockeella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia semifusca 1 [NFY]
Athrips mouffetella 2 [NFY]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Cameraria ohridella 1 [NFY]
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 2 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Acleris schalleriana 2
Anania coronata 2
Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 2
Argyresthia pruniella 1
Batia lunaris 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha affinis 1
Bryotropha terrella 1
Caloptilia alchimiella 1
Celypha lacunana 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 6
Clepsis consimilana 1
Ditula angustiorana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 2
Eudonia mercurella 2
Hedya nubiferana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 1
Notocelia uddmanniana 1
Oegoconia sp 2
Parornix sp 2
Plutella xylostella 7
Spilonota ocellana 2
Teleiodes vulgella 1
Udea prunalis 1
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Acrobasis advenella

Acrobasis repandana

Argyresthia semifusca

Eana incanana

Ruby Tiger

Straw Underwing

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Moth Trapping down on the farm part 3 - This place continues to show me new moths!

I was back at my parents on Tuesday night armed with 5 traps and enough cable to spread them around to try and maximise light coverage.

The day was scorching hot and quite unbearable for work as I had to drive around a giant greenhouse on wheels, a minibus!

At setting up time at 9pm it was still a Mediterranean 25 degrees and it only dropped to 20c at 4am so it was absolutely perfect, bar the full moon and gusty wind. But you can't have everything can you?
The moths were quick to the lights and the list was creeping up steadily and by midnight we had over 100 species which was pleasing indeed.

Some local species were nice to see, such as Waved Black and Dotted Fan-foot.

Best moth was probably my second ever Anarsia lineatella, having seen my first a few weeks ago at the same location and in the same trap! It was to be the 3rd County record.

I was pleased to get a fresh example of Grapholita funebrana, a first for me and possibly may have been over-looked in the past.

Another new moth for me was a Cochylis flaviciliana/roseana. It is more likely to be roseana as this is local in the County but I will get it double-checked just to be sure, still a really pretty moth but o so tiny!
I also potted up an unusual looking Scoparia, which seems to resemble subfusca but it still doesn't look quite right for any of the British species, it most likely is an aberrant form of one of the commoner Scoparids. Again it will be checked to verify the record.

 The farm never disappoints and this visit was no different with 166 species recorded.

Catch Report - 19/07/16 - 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 -  72 Species

Angle Shades 1
August Thorn 1
Barred Red 1
Barred Straw 2
Beautiful Hook-tip 5
Blue-bordered Carpet 1
Brimstone Moth 4
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Brown-line Bright-eye 3
Brown-tail 4
Buff Arches 2
Buff Ermine 1
Buff Footman 1
Burnished Brass 2
Cinnabar 3
Clay 10
Cloaked Minor 20+
Clouded Border 3
Clouded Silver 2
Common Carpet 2
Common Footman 15+
Common Rustic 15+
Common Wainscot 1
Common Wave 1
Dark Arches 5
Dark Umber 4
Dingy Footman 25+
Dingy Shears 1
Dot Moth 20+
Dotted Fan-foot 1
Double Square-spot 3
Drinker 5
Dun-bar 4
Dusky Sallow 3
Dwarf Cream Wave 10
Early Thorn 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Engrailed 6
Fan-foot 2
Fern 5
Flame 2
Green Pug 1
Haworth's Pug 1
Heart & Dart 2
July Highflyer 6
Large Emerald 4
Large Twin-spot Carpet 6
Large Yellow Underwing 10
Latticed Heath 1
Least Carpet 3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Common Rustic - Gen Det
Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
Light Arches 1
Light Emerald 5
Maple Pug 2
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Beauty 5
Mottled Rustic 7
Nutmeg 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Grey 1
Riband Wave 4
Rustic 2
Scarce Footman 5
Shaded Broad-bar 10
Short-cloaked Moth 2
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
Smoky Wainscot 5
Sycamore 1
White Satin Moth 8

Micro Moths - 94 Species

Acentria ephemerella 30+
Acleris forsskaleana 5
Acrobasis advenella 1
Aethes cnicana 6
Aethes rubigana 1
Agapeta hamana 20+
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Agonopterix nervosa 1
Agriphila straminella 1
Anania coronata 2
Anania hortulata 2
Anarsia lineatella 1
Ancylis achatana 2
Anthophila fabriciana 1
Aphomia sociella 5
Apotomis capreana 1
Archips podana 2
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 3
Blastobasis lacticolella 3
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Borkhausenia fuscescens 2
Brachmia blandella 6
Bryotropha affinis 4
Bryotropha terrella 10
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1
Calamotropha paludella 2
Caloptilia semifascia 2
Catoptria falsella 30+
Catoptria pinella 6
Cedestis gysseleniella 1
Celypha lacunana 20+
Celypha rosaceana 1
Celypha striana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella 50+
Clepsis consimilana 8
Cochylis flaviciliana/roseana 1 (to check…) [NEW!]
Cochylis hybridella 15+
Cochylis molliculana 1
Coleophora mayrella 1
Coleophora sp (white) 5
Crambus perlella 4
Crassa unitella 12
Cydia splendana 1
Depressaria sp 1
Dicrorampha sp 2
Ditula angustiorana 15+
Endotricha flammealis 4
Endrosis sarcitrella 2
Epiblema costipunctana 2
Epinotia siignatana 2
Eucosma cana 50+
Eucosma obumbratana 2
Eudonia lacustrata 4
Eudonia mercurella 5
Eudonia pallida 1
Euzophora pinguis 3
Galleria mellonella 1
Grapholita funebrana 1 [NEW!]
Hedya nubiferana 5
Helycystogramma rufescens 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 5
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Limnaecia phragmitella 4
Lobesia abscisana 8
Metzneria lappella 2
Metzneria metzneriella 1
Mompha ochraceella 20+
Monochroa palustrella 2
Morophaga choragella 1
Nemapogon cloacella 1
Notocelia uddmanniana 3
Pandemis cerasana 1
Pandemis heparana 20
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 2
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1
Phtheochroa inopiana 1
Phycita roborella 4
Phycitodes binaevella 2
Pleuroptya ruralis 10
Plutella xylostella 50+
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 2
Pterophorus pentadactyla 10
Recurvaria leucatella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Scoparia subfusca 8
Spilonota ocellana 15
Stigmella sp 1
Teleiodes vulgella 2
Tinea pellionella 5
Udea olivalis 1
Udea prunalis 6
Yponomeuta evonymella 2
Yponomeuta sp 1

Barred Red

Recurvaria leucatella

Cochylis flaviciliana/roseana

Cedestis gysseleniella

Apotomis capreana

Six-striped Rustic

Grapholita funebrana

Rufous Minor

Scoparia subfusca and...