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

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Thanks for looking & happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
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NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Field Trip - Home Wood nr Upper Caldecote - Bedfordshire - 28/07/16

I made a trip back up to Bedfordshire to join Matt and Lionel Burgess for my second trapping session at Home Wood just down the road from Upper Caldecote and Matt's residence.
It did not seem like two years since we all met up previously and I must make the effort to make this an annual treat to sample slightly different moths to what I am usually use to. (Mere Wainscot springs instantly to mind). 
As we all finished setting up, I was glad that I had put black sacks over all of the electrical points and sheltered the generator as it absolutely HAMMERED it down! I knew that sky was looking a little angry but this wasn't forecast at all and we had to shelter from the deluge in our vehicles...all except Matt's son who got drenched insisting on 'netting' anything that turned up to the sheet (that's the spirit lad!) 
Matt arrived a little later to take is son home and commented on how dry the road was towards the wood...DRY!? We were flipping soaked.
The Wine Race was again won by Matt with an incredible lead once again and a bottle of bubbly was duly presented as we pondered how the night might pan out now that it had stopped raining after a good 20 minute downpour.
It was pretty slow to start with and didn't really get going but there was enough to keep us interested and we trapped until about 2AM.
The list is below and did not feature any 'Ground-breaking' species but it was nice all the same to catch up and have a laugh. 

Lionel and Matt, please let me know of any corrections or alterations and I will amend the list.

Catch Report - 28/07/16 - Home Wood nr Upper Caldecote - Bedfordshire - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 80w MV with vertical sheet 1x Ratface Actinic/Blacklight Blue/Synergetic Heath Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap

Macro Moths - 72 Species

Black Arches
Brimstone Moth 
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Dark Arches 
Dingy Footman
Dot Moth
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Early Thorn
Flame Carpet
Flame Shoulder 
Green Pug
July Highflyer
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lunar-spotted Piniom
Maiden's Blush 
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Mere Wainscot
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Peppered Moth 
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Purple Thorn
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave 
Rosy Footman
Ruddy Carpet 
Rufous Minor
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scorched Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-footed Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing 
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Vapourer Moth
White Satin Moth
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths - 69 Species

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris laterana/comariana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonnopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix liturosa
Agriphila straminella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana 
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Catoptria falsella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Donacaula forficella
Eucosma brunnichana
Eucosma cana
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia signatana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophora pinguis
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hypsopygia costalis
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaenia forsterana
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Spilonota ocellana
Syncopacma sp
Tinea trinotella
Ypnomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha scabrella
Zeiraphera isertana

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Rhyacionia pinicolana

Flame Carpet

Black Arches

Lunar-spotted Pinion

Mere Wainscot

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Field Trip - Herts Moth Group Meet - Rye Meads - 06/08/16

Hello all.

Here is the report from the latest Herts Moth Group feld trip at the beginning of August

6th August 2016:Rye Meads RSPB reserve, Hertfordshire. Herts Moth Group outing

This report must start with an apology – since it appears that we confused people over the meeting place. It transpires that the wrong locality data was copied and pasted from a past program with the result that several people gathered at the entrance to the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Rye Meads, which is a short distance east of the intended venue of the RSPB’s portion of the Meads and the other side of the toll barrier on Rye Road. Luckily, someone had a mobile phone and was able to raise me and eventually we all assembled at the same place! If anyone turned up late, without a phone and was unable to find us I offer profound apologies – please contact me if you wish.

In total there was around a dozen of us and lights were scattered across the entire of the somewhat extensive  RSPB nature reserve, with my own 4 lights in the north east section, Graeme Smith’s in the north-west, leaving the entire southern two thirds to Ben Sale and Andrew Raybould, John Chainey and Jenny Spence. I am not sure how many lights we had, since my bad leg prevented me from walking around the whole site and counting, and also because Ben has now disappeared on a family holiday (I do hope he took a moth trap) and is not available for questioning! I guess it was around 15 – 20 lights? These were a mixture of mv lamps and actinic tubes and we could easily have managed more.

In spite of this we only managed 153 species (93 macros and 60 micros) – with a few micros still awaiting dissection for accurate naming. The general theme was quality rather than quantity and many people added new species to their personal “life lists”. The target was “wetland moths” and as the list below shows we managed to achieve that, with examples including Chilo phragmitella, Schoenobius gigantella, Donacaula forficella, Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer), Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark) and Cataclysta lemnata (Small China-mark) representing the micros and Simyra albovenosa (Reed Dagger), Celaena leucostigma (Crescent), Nonagria typhae (Bulrush Wainscot), Archanara geminipuncta (Twin-spotted Wainscot), Archanara dissoluta (Brown-veined Wainscot), Archanara sparganii (Webb's Wainscot), Arenostola phragmitidis (Fen Wainscot), Chilodes maritimus (Silky Wainscot), Earias clorana (Cream-bordered Green Pea)  and Schrankia costaestrigalis (Pinion-streaked Snout) amongst the macros. Most were in good number too, although there was only one Reed Dagger – in Graeme’s very last trap as we packed up around 3am – literally, the last moth of the night and possible the best as this species is known in the county from only two places – here and at Sawbridgeworth Marsh.  We managed a Jersey Tiger at one of Graeme’s lights and a male Gypsy moth came to the 125 watt lamp suspended in front of the sheet hung on the side of my Landrover. There were several Tree-lichen Beauties and a single Box-tree Moth (or Boxworm, depending on which book you read). The award for smallest moth goes easily to Stigmella alnetella, which most doubted I could name – but I did anyway! The Phalonidia manniana was named without dissection and I am happy that it was not an example of the recently split Phalonidia udana. The full list is below – minus the few outstanding micros. If anyone remembers anything that I have missed, do please tell me (likewise if anyone spots any mistakes). As usual, I am using the “old” Bradley names, but I have used the up to date families (I think?).

I look forward to seeing you all on the next trip – see web site for details (www.hertsmothgroup.org.uk).




0014    Hepialus humuli (Linnaeus, 1758)                                              Ghost Moth
0015    Hepialus sylvina (Linnaeus, 1761)                                              Orange Swift
0115    Stigmella alnetella (Stainton, 1856)                                           
0125    Emmetia marginea (Haworth, 1828)                                         
0228    Monopis weaverella (Scott, 1858)                                              
0263    Lyonetia clerkella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Apple Leaf Miner
0274    Bucculatrix ulmella Zeller, 1848                                                 
0288    Caloptilia stigmatella (Fabricius, 1781)                                     
0294    Aspilapteryx tringipennella (Zeller, 1839)                                 
0368    Phyllocnistis unipunctella (Stephens, 1834)                               Leaf mines on Populus – no adults caught
0464    Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Diamond-back Moth
0658    Carcina quercana (Fabricius, 1775)                                           
0758    Recurvaria leucatella (Clerck, 1759)                                          
0873    Blastobasis adustella Walsingham, 1894                                  
0874    Blastobasis lacticolella Rebel, 1940                                           
0878    Batrachedra praeangusta (Haworth, 1828)                              
0926    Phalonidia manniana (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1839)       
0937    Agapeta hamana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           
0969    Pandemis corylana (Fabricius, 1794)                                          Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
0970    Pandemis cerasana (Hübner, 1786)                                            Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
0972    Pandemis heparana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
0993    Clepsis spectrana (Treitschke, 1830)                                           Cyclamen Tortrix
0998    Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863)                                         Light Brown Apple Moth
1062    Acleris emargana (Fabricius, 1775)                                            
1076    Celypha lacunana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               
1113    Eudemis profundana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)          
1138    Epinotia nisella (Clerck, 1759)                                                    
1159    Rhopobota naevana (Hübner, 1817)                                         Holly Tortrix
1165    Zeiraphera isertana (Fabricius, 1794)                                        
1169    Gypsonoma dealbana (Frölich, 1828)                                       
1175    Epiblema uddmanniana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                Bramble Shoot Moth
1183    Epiblema foenella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                          
1205    Spilonota ocellana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               Bud Moth
1260    Cydia splendana (Hübner, 1799)                                               
1261    Cydia pomonella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Codling Moth
1290    Chilo phragmitella (Hübner, 1805)                                             
1292    Calamotropha paludella (Hübner, 1824)                                  
1304    Agriphila straminella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           
1305    Agriphila tristella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                  
1316    Catoptria falsella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 
1323    Pediasia contaminella (Hübner, 1796)                                      
1328    Schoenobius gigantella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)       
1329    Donacaula forficella (Thunberg, 1794)                                     
1331    Acentria ephemerella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Water Veneer
1344    Eudonia mercurella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        
1348    Parapoynx stratiotata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                    Ringed China-mark
1354    Cataclysta lemnata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Small China-mark
1358    Evergestis pallidata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                        
1361    Pyrausta aurata (Scopoli, 1763)                                                 
1375    Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner, 1796)                                                 European Corn Borer
1378    Phlyctaenia coronata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                    
1395    Udea ferrugalis (Hübner, 1796)                                                    Rusty-dot Pearl
1398    Nomophila noctuella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Rush Veneer
1405    Pleuroptya ruralis (Scopoli, 1763)                                                Mother of Pearl
1409a Diaphania perspectalis (Walker, 1859)                                       Boxworm
1413    Hypsopygia costalis (Fabricius, 1775)                                        Gold Triangle
1415    Orthopygia glaucinalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                   
1428    Aphomia sociella (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Bee Moth
1439    Trachycera advenella (Zincken, 1818)                                      
1452    Phycita roborella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)                 
1504    Platyptilia pallidactyla (Haworth, 1811)                                   
1513    Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)                             White Plume Moth
1646    Watsonalla binaria (Hufnagel, 1767)                                         Oak Hook-tip
1652    Thyatira batis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                   Peach Blossom
1680    Cyclophora punctaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                    Maiden's Blush
1699    Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967                                                     Least Carpet
1702    Idaea biselata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                                  Small Fan-footed Wave
1708    Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                               Single-dotted Wave
1713    Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                 Riband Wave
1724    Xanthorhoe spadicearia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)      Red Twin-spot Carpet
1726    Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata (Clerck, 1759)                                  Large Twin-spot Carpet
1732    Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758)                            Shaded Broad-bar
1738    Epirrhoe alternata (Müller, 1764)                                                Common Carpet
1742    Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758)                             Yellow Shell
1759    Ecliptopera silaceata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Small Phoenix
1776    Colostygia pectinataria (Knoch, 1781)                                       Green Carpet
1777    Hydriomena furcata (Thunberg, 1784)                                      July Highflyer
1792    Philereme transversata (Hufnagel, 1767)                                   Dark Umber
1803    Perizoma alchemillata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                    Small Rivulet
1812    Eupithecia inturbata (Hübner, 1817)                                          Maple Pug
1830    Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)                                        Wormwood Pug
1838    Eupithecia icterata (Villers, 1789)                                                Tawny Speckled Pug
1839    Eupithecia succenturiata (Linnaeus, 1758)                               Bordered Pug
1862    Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Haworth, 1809)                                Double-striped Pug
1883    Acasis viretata (Hübner, 1799)                                                    Yellow-barred Brindle
1887    Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Clouded Border
1894    Chiasmia clathrata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Latticed Heath
1906    Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758)                                 Brimstone Moth
1907    Epione repandaria (Hufnagel, 1767)                                          Bordered Beauty
1913    Ennomos alniaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Canary-shouldered Thorn
1914    Ennomos fuscantaria (Haworth, 1809)                                      Dusky Thorn
1921    Crocallis elinguaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                          Scalloped Oak
1931    Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)                                               Peppered Moth
1937    Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)  Willow Beauty
1955    Cabera pusaria (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Common White Wave
1956    Cabera exanthemata (Scopoli, 1763)                                         Common Wave
1981    Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Poplar Hawk-moth
1991    Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Elephant Hawk-moth
1997    Furcula furcula (Clerck, 1759)                                                     Sallow Kitten
2007    Pheosia tremula (Clerck, 1759)                                                    Swallow Prominent
2008    Ptilodon capucina (Linnaeus, 1758)                                           Coxcomb Prominent
2011    Pterostoma palpina (Clerck, 1759)                                              Pale Prominent

2030    Euproctis similis (Fuessly, 1775)                                                  Yellow-tail
2033    Lymantria monacha (Linnaeus, 1758)                                      Black Arches
2034    Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758)                                             Gypsy Moth
2044    Eilema griseola (Hübner, 1803)                                                    Dingy Footman
2047    Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Scarce Footman
2049    Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)                                                     Buff Footman
2050    Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817)                                                 Common Footman
2057    Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                        Garden Tiger
2061    Spilosoma luteum (Hufnagel, 1766)                                           Buff Ermine
2064    Phragmatobia fuliginosa (Linnaeus, 1758)                                Ruby Tiger
2067    Euplagia quadripunctaria (Poda, 1761)                                     Jersey Tiger
2089    Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Heart and Dart
2092    Agrotis puta (Hübner, 1803)                                                         Shuttle-shaped Dart
2102    Ochropleura plecta (Linnaeus, 1761)                                          Flame Shoulder
2107    Noctua pronuba Linnaeus, 1758                                                 Large Yellow Underwing
2109    Noctua comes Hübner, 1813                                                        Lesser Yellow Underwing
2111    Noctua janthe Borkhausen, 1792                                               Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2112    Noctua interjecta Schawerda, 1919                                            Least Yellow Underwing
2123    Diarsia rubi (Vieweg, 1790)                                                           Small Square-spot
2126    Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                Setaceous Hebrew Character
2134    Xestia xanthographa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)           Square-spot Rustic
2160    Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758)                                        Bright-line Brown-eye
2197    Mythimna straminea (Treitschke, 1825)                                    Southern Wainscot
2278    Acronicta megacephala ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)      Poplar Grey
2290    Simyra albovenosa (Goeze, 1781)                                              Reed Dagger
2292    Cryphia algae (Fabricius, 1775)                                                   Tree-lichen Beauty
2297    Amphipyra pyramidea (Linnaeus, 1758)                                   Copper Underwing
2298    Amphipyra berbera Fletcher, 1968                                              Svensson's Copper Underwing
2312    Ipimorpha subtusa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)               Olive
2318    Cosmia trapezina (Linnaeus, 1758)                                            Dun-bar
2321    Apamea monoglypha (Hufnagel, 1766)                                    Dark Arches
2336    Apamea ophiogramma (Esper, 1793)                                        Double Lobed
2341    Mesoligia furuncula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)             Cloaked Minor
2343    Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                         Common Rustic
2352    Eremobia ochroleuca ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)          Dusky Sallow
2361    Hydraecia micacea (Esper, 1789)                                               Rosy Rustic
2368    Celaena leucostigma (Hübner, 1808)                                         Crescent
2369    Nonagria typhae (Thunberg, 1784)                                             Bulrush Wainscot
2370    Archanara geminipuncta (Haworth, 1809)                                Twin-spotted Wainscot
2371    Archanara dissoluta (Treitschke, 1825)                                      Brown-veined Wainscot
2373    Archanara sparganii (Esper, 1790)                                              Webb's Wainscot
2377    Arenostola phragmitidis (Hübner, 1803)                                    Fen Wainscot
2381    Hoplodrina alsines (Brahm, 1791)                                              Uncertain
2391    Chilodes maritimus (Tauscher, 1806)                                         Silky Wainscot
2418    Earias clorana (Linnaeus, 1761)                                                  Cream-bordered Green Pea
2439    Plusia festucae (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                 Gold Spot
2441    Autographa gamma (Linnaeus, 1758)                                       Silver Y
2450    Abrostola tripartita (Hufnagel, 1766)                                         Spectacle
2474    Rivula sericealis (Scopoli, 1763)                                                  Straw Dot
2477    Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758)                                     Snout
2484    Schrankia costaestrigalis (Stephens, 1834)                                Pinion-streaked Snout

Brown-veined Wainscot

Twin-spotted Wainscot

Garden Tiger

Webb's Wainscot

Reed Dagger

Southern Wainscot

Elachista maculicerusella

Cydalima perspectalis

Canary-shouldered Thorn