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

Thursday, 14 August 2014

An update before my honeymoon

Hi all.
Just a quick update on what has been happening my end in the last few nights

Also a better picture of the Acrolepiopsis assectella.

Catches are reducing in size each time I trap, but there is still some interest about.

Rosy Rustic was new for the year last night, and the night before a first for me Agriphila selasella was also nice to find, after comparing it with 12 Agriphila tristella's.

We also had a big and juicy Buff-tip larva walking along our patio the day before, the first time I have seen a caterpillar of this species.

Trap out again tonight to see what it yields then its off to Croatia for our honeymoon....I would be lying if I said I am not taking a torch, pots and a keen interest in the hotel lights!

Buff-tip Caterpillar

Acrolepiopsis assectella

Agriphila selasella

Rosy Rustic

Monday, 11 August 2014

Finally a Tree-lichen Beauty!

A combined catch result for this week chaps, as I haven't had much time to update thy blog.
Being officially married now means that my mothing exploits will apparently subdue over the years to come (but not too soon I must add!)
I trapped on the 6th, 8th and 9th this week with pretty mixed results but with a downward trend starting to happen as we go into the beginning of the end....or is it?

There was me going through the trap each time expecting to not be that thrilled with late Summer catches (Yes in the moth world it is nearing Autumn already) then to stumble upon rare and interesting moths in each of the three session.
6th was the Cydia amplana night, on the 8th star of the show was Acrolepiopsis assectella, both completely new moths for me. The on the 9th after EVERYBODY else has had one, finally I managed a Tree-lichen Beauty....it's never too late is it!

Also a Footman needs checking for Hoary.

All in all a good end to the week trapping.

Catch Report - 06-08-09/08/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Tree-lichen Beauty [NFG]
1x Small Waved Umber [NFG]
2x Lesser Swallow Prominent [NFY]
6x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Vapourer Moth [NFY]
3x Angle Shades
3x Black Arches
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
22x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Dot Moth
2x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
3x Dusky Thorn 
2x Flame Shoulder
8x Flounced Rustic
1x Green Carpet
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Carpet
42x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maiden's Blush
2x Maple Pug
2x Marbled Beauty
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Oak Hook-tip
4x Orange Swift
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Poplar Hawk-moth 
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
11x Riband Wave
1x Scarce Footman 
4x September Thorn
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Small Emerald 
1x Small Rivulet
4x Spectacle
2x Square-spotted Clay
1x Straw Dot
5x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
1x Vine's Rustic
10x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths

1x Acrolepiopsis assectella [NEW!]
1x Cydia amplana [NEW!]
1x Ypsolopha sequella [NFG]
1x Dichrorampha acuminatana [NFG]
1x Pyrausta purpuralis [NFG]
1x Mompha divisella [NFG]
6x Agriphila geniculea [NFY] 
2x Ypsolopha parenthesella [NFY]
4x Evergestis forficalis
1x Hypsopygia costalis
4x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
3x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Monopis laevigella
2x Endotricha flammealis
15x Blastobasis adustella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Eudonia mercurella
1x Ypsolopha dentella
2x Trachycera advenella
1x Trachycera suavella
3x Carcina quercana
7x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Paronix sp
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Apotomis betuletana
3x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
5x Agriphila straminella
2x Phycita roborella
6x Agriphila tristella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Caloptilia betulicola
2x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Argyresthia pruniella
5x Plutella xylostella
2x Batia unitella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Acrolepiopsis assectella

Agriphila geniculea

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Mompha divisella

Mompha subbistrigella

Tree-lichen Beauty

Square-spot Rustic

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Vapourer Moth

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The rarest moth of the year so far...

A beautiful Cydia amplana was in my trap this morning, a 4th record for Hertfordshire, after 3 were seen in 2012, but none last year.
I here that in other more Southern Counties it is popping up this week suggesting migrants are around.

Full catch report in due course, ie: When I get time!

In other news just East from me about 18 miles away in Bishops Stortford, a County second record of Diaphania perspectalis turned up in Jono Forgham's trap the luckily devil!

See http://littlehadhambirding.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/rare-moth-species.html

Cydia amplana

Monday, 4 August 2014

Poplar Lutestring!

More trapping last night under clearing skies and with a temperature dipping to around 13 degrees, things are starting to cool down gradually.

The moths numbers have also nose-dived with less and less each time I trap.

Thankfully though my catch last night included two nice species, a garden first Poplar Lutestring and a year first Acleris aspersana.

Magpie Moth put in another appearance, they really are a beautiful looking moth.

The numbers were made up by 32 Common Rustics and 8 Straw Underwings, the rest were pretty much ones and twos.

Catch Report - 03/08/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Poplar Lutestring [NFG]
2x Angle Shades
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
7x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
32x Common Rustic
1x Flame Carpet
1x Garden Carpet
1x Grey Dagger
1x Iron Prominent
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Magpie Moth
1x Maiden's Blush
3x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Orange Swift
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Peppered Moth
4x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
1x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Square-spotted Clay
4x Straw Dot
8x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths 

1x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
1x Acleris aspersana [NFY]
1x Evergestis forficalis
6x Blastobasis adustella
4x Eudonia mercurella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
2x Carcina quercana
4x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Bryotropha terrella
7x Agriphila straminella
1x Phycita roborella
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Acleris forsskaleana
3x Spilonota ocellana
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
4x Pandemis corylana
1x Caloptilia betulicola
3x Cydia splendana
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Pammene aurita
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Acleris aspersana

Magpie Moth

Poplar Lutestring