Welcome

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!

KEY

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
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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Moth Trapping on the farm - The Video!


Moth Trapping down on the farm

On Thursday night I made a trip up to my parents farm to see what I could catch.
I set up the traps early and decided to do a video on them and to show the habitat that I would be trapping in, no I didn't do any takes and I made some mistakes so forgive me!

The farm is still there, no demolishing has taken place yet, and the last I heard was that it will be after Summer when they clear the farm ready for building (They have been saying this for years now).


It will be a great shame when this little oasis finally goes, the surrounding area is pretty flat and uninspiring agricultural fields with a few nearby woodlands, the site after 10 years of set-aside is like a moth-trappers paradise and my catches over the years has demonstrated this (it still holds the title for the most species trapped in one night, two years ago at 252 species!).


The weather when I turned up at 5pm was partly cloudy, a bit breezy but 20-21 degrees, things looked very promising indeed and I recorded 12 species of moth before I even set the traps up.


When the traps when on at approximately 9.15pm the sky was duly clearing, the wind had dropped but by 10pm it was getting cold.

The moths were extremely slow to come to the lights after the initial flurry of Green Carpets, it just went pretty dead and by 11pm my car thermometer read 6 degrees, ouch!

I decided that as I was staying the night, I would let the traps run all night.

When I woke up at 4.30am I was surprised how light it was and so went out to check and sort through all of the traps.
There wasn't a huge amount of moths but enough to keep me interested at least, most numerous were Green Carpet (62) Treble Lines (34) and Rustic Shoulder-knot (16)
The rest of the species were pretty much what I would expect this time of year and with 54 species (32 Macros and 22 Micros) in total it was way down on previous years for the end of May, with some catches exceeding 100 species in the past!

Still how was I to moan when I lifted an egg tray from one of my traps and spotted a new moth for my Hertfordshire records, a pristine
Dog's Tooth!
Dog's Tooth is quite a rare moth in the County with just a handful of records (although I am waiting to here back from my CR for the exact figure)
My first encounter with this species was in 2011 at Canvey Wick in Essex, this one being only my second record in 10 years.

Very chuffed indeed, and I don't think I have ever made a Summer trip to the farm without a surprise greeting me by the morning.
 
Catch Report - 26/05/16 -Braughing Friars Farmland - 2x 125w MV Robinson Traps 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap and 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.

Macro Moths

1x Dog's Tooth
2x Common Swift
62x Green Carpet
6x Cinnabar
7x Common Pug
2x Silver-ground Carpet
34x Treble Lines
1x Siver-Y
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Oak-tree Pug
3x Brimstone Moth
5x Flame Shoulder
1x Small Phoenix
1x Mottled Pug
1x Marbled Minor
1x Spectacle
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Scorched Wing
16x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Waved Umber
2x Pale Tussock
1x Small Square-spot
4x White Ermine
1x Brown Rustic
1x Swallow Prominent
2x Angle Shades
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Mullein
1x Light Brocade
1x Heart & Dart
1x Large Nutmeg

Micro Moths

10x Anthophila fabriciana
60+ Glyphipterix simpliciella
1x Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana
3x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Mompha epilobiella
1x Incurvaria masculella
1x Mompha subbistrigella
5x Notocelia cynosbatella
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
5x Aphomia sociella
10x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Monopis weaverella
7x Psyche casta
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Parornix sp
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Coleophora sp 
1x Elachista rufocinerea
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
1x Pseudoswammerdamia combinella

Dog's Tooth













Flame Shoulder













Large Nutmeg













Light Brocade













Scorched Wing











Scrobipalpa acuminatella












Silver-Y











Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

Common species abound


Wednesday night saw another 'ok' catch in my garden. Numbers are still down but it is good to continually see new moths for the year.
Common species abound but all nice and fresh.
The weather is still being ridiculous...cloudy most days and muggy up to 18 degrees and then clear at night. 
 
Catch Report - 25/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Heart & Dart [NFY]
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot [NFY]
1x Vine's Rustic [NFY]
2x Garden Carpet
1x Pale Tussock
1x Common Pug
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Evergestis forficalis [NFY]
1x Scoparia ambigualis [NFY
1x Epiphyas postvittana 

Heart & Dart


Vine's Rustic


Monday, 23 May 2016

By Day and Night


Yesterday was a gloriously sunny and warm day with a mixture of cloud and clear blue sky.

Whilst enjoying a BBQ round my inlaws I spotted a Esperia sulphurella land on the outside window.

When I got home I did some gardening just before dusk and I noted three species of moth flying around, they were Anthophila fabriciana (1), Cauchas rufimitrella (20+) and Glyphipterix simpliciella (10+).
Two of those species were new for the year.

Also whilst weeding I found an Elephant Hawk-moth pupa lying above he ground, it must be vry close to hatching considering how dark it is.
The rain started just after dark but it didn't come to much and it remained around 11 degrees with complete cloud cover. It did however clear by this morning, and a slight nip in the breeze showed 7 degrees.

Another good haul for this time of year with 5 new for year in the trap this morning.
Not much of note and the usual fair really, best was a Bucculatrix nigricomella which use to be an uncommon moth but seems to be popping up everywhere now and I regularly record a few individuals per year but not in the garden, making it new for the garden list which was nice.
 
Catch Report - 22/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
 
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Mottled Pug [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
1x Garden Carpet
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Pug
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Bucculatrix nigricomella [NFG]
1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY] (daytime)
10+ Glyphipterix simpliciella [NFY] (daytime)  
1x Aphomia sociella [NFY]
1x Notocelia cynosbatella [NFY]
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana
20+ Cauchas rufimitrella
1x Mompha subbistrigella


Bucculatrix nigricomella










Notocelia cynosbatella










Treble Lines












Aphomia sociella










Elephant Hawk-moth Pupa