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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A week goes by with nothing new!

It's been slow times in my garden of late and the numbers have been decreasing with little variety to show for it.
Still, I soldier on hoping that the tides are about to change and in fact they could be really soon and as soon as Monday night.
Here are four of my recent catches from last week and into the weekend.

I switched back to the 40w Actinic as some of the nights were pretty cold and I couldn't justify running the 125w MV bulb.

Also with the aid of a thermometer I will now record the temperature in the morning when i'm going through the trap, typically at 6.30am currently.

Catch Report - 21/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 5c

Macro Moths

2x Clouded Drab
1x Common Quaker
2x Double-striped Pug
6x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
 
Micro Moths

1x Diurnea fagella


Catch Report - 22/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 4c

Macro Moths

1x Early Grey
1x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

1x Diurnea fagella
1x Epiphyas postvittana


Catch Report - 24/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 3c

Macro Moths

2x Clouded Drab
6x Common Quaker
2x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

None Recorded!


Catch Report - 25/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 1.5c

Macro Moths

1x Double-striped Pug
1x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

1x Diurnea fagella

Diurnea fagella

 
 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A little break

After a two-night break I was back in the saddle and ready to catch some more moths, unfortunately the weather wasn't to be on my side and we have had really strong winds these past few days and last night was again very gusty but incredibly mild at 11c this morning at 6am.
Just 7 moths were found, all in the trap with nothing on the fence panels around the garden or on the house wall, a little disappointing to say the least but I was pleased to get a year first Agonopterix alstromeriana, never common here with between 1 and 3 records a year but it is consistent in that i've seen it 6 years running here. 
I'm hoping the wind will die down a little for tonight...and then it's back to cooler weather come next week!

Catch Report - 18/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clouded Drab
2x Common Quaker
2x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
 
Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix alstromeriana [NFY] 
 
Agonopterix alstromeriana
 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Latest from my garden trap

Last night the trap was out again, and before I went to work yesterday I potted up all of Tuesday night's visitors and popped them all in a large tub and on my way to work dropped them off in some bushes on my way to work the other side of our nearest woodland.
This keeps the moths that I catch the next night, new individuals...of course this method is preposterous come the summer months when there are generally 'far more' moths to attend to.

Another pleasing catch with 2 new for year species and 12 species in total.

The day was again a beautiful one with lots of sunshine and temps up to 17 degrees, of course most of the night was clear but by this morning we have some cloud.

Catch Report - 15/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Grey Shoulder-knot [NFY] 
1x Clouded Drab
2x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
6x Hebrew Character
1x March Moth
3x Oak Beauty
2x Small Quaker
 
Micro Moths

2x Diurnea fagella [NFY]
1x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Emmelina monodactyla 

Grey Shoulder-knot













Diurnea fagella



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Recent moth bits and a welcome returning species

On Tuesday at work I was just checking the bug zapper in the kitchen (as I do frequently to see if there's any interesting deceased moths amongst the frazzle of flies, I found 2 Emmelina monodactyla, 1 Agonopterix heracliana and an Epiphyas postvittana, pretty much expected species in the middle of a town but as I just moved the zapper I saw a large dark micro just sitting there...and I said to myself 'Well I wasn't expecting to see a Diurnea fagella' it being new for the year for me...rescued from the perils of electricity I took him home for a better photo.
That same night and after another mild day hitting 16 degrees the trap went out at 6pm ready to see what might turn up come the morning, the sky did clear and it was a little cool this morning with a heavy dew but I was still pleased with 12 moths of 8 species which I know seems little in comparison to other trappers lists at the moment.
It was certainly quality over quantity as well with even a mint condition Epiphyas postvittana grabbing my attention for a photo.
The best moth for me was a very pale Lead-coloured Drab, only my second record for the garden (I had forgot that I first took this species in 2014).
It is a moth that I use to trap commonly when I lived with my parents, sometimes 5 or 6 per trap would you believe! 
Also my second Oak Beauty of the year was nice and a really striking Clouded Drab had to have it's shoot with the Lead-coloured Drab.

All in all a pleasing result.

Catch Report - 14/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Lead-coloured Drab [NFY] 
2x Clouded Drab
3x Common Quaker
1x Early Grey
1x Hebrew Character
2x March Moth
1x Oak Beauty
 
Micro Moths

1x Epiphyas postvittana

Diurnea fagella











Epiphyas postvittana













Lead-coloured Drab & Clouded Drab











Oak Beauty












Lead-coloured Drab

Pleasing all the same

Was the catch on Monday night, no new for year species but a good selection of Spring species was to be found in and around my garden trap.
A healthy haul of 10 Hebrew Character's made up the majority.

Catch Report - 13/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

3x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Early Grey
10x Hebrew Character
2x March Moth
2x Small Quaker
 
Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix heracliana
 
Hebrew Character