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 February 2017

An unexpected moth haul

To be honest I was over the moon as sad as it sounds for just 4 moths in my trap last night..expecting nothing as it was very windy and quite cool this morning under clear skies.

I got...

1x Common Quaker [NFY]
1x March moth
1x Dotted border
1x Chestnut


Well actually the Common Quaker wasn't easy to identify for one main reason, it looked like it had been through a mangle.
But...with the aid of my specimens of Common Quaker in my cabinet I was able to identify it from underneath.
Another example of how important entomology collections are!


Bedraggled Common Quaker













The underneath was the key













March Moth













Chestnut

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Windy and warm

Two from the last couple of days. A lovely dark Dotted Border from the garden trap on Monday night and one of the four Agonopterix heracliana's from the traps on the farm on Tuesday night.

The weather is pretty unusual at the moment to say the least! Strong gales but with mild temperatures continue to dominate, but despite the perfect temperature for moths the wind really is hampering things.

Dotted Border











Agonopterix heracliana

Monday, 20 February 2017

Slow going...but it's only February!

Just 2 moths last night on quite a perfect night I thought, I keep forgetting that despite 10 degrees at night it still is only February and anything is a bonus considering there isn't much more than 10 species on the wing at the moment.

Was nice to see a semi-melanic Pale Brindled Beauty though. The other moth was a Tortricodes alternella.

Pale Brindled Beauty



Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pale Brindled Beauty quadrupled

Last night I ran my garden trap again and after another mild day of 12 degrees, the sky cleared and it was pretty chilly and down to around 5 degrees this morning, so naturally at this time of year I expected no moths at all.
I was of course pleasantly surprised to find 4 Pale Brindled Beauties clinging to the brick wall behind my trap this morning, as do a lot of moths this time of year, they rarely go in the trap!

3 of the 4 Pale Brindled Beauties

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A few moths

Two Micro's from last week here in Hertfordshire, Mompha subbistrigella from work found indoors on the windowsill and a nice fresh Tortricodes alternella from the garden trap. Photos a bit cruddy as the light is so poor today!
The weather looks set to be mild so hopefully the trap will be back on over the next few nights.

Tortricodes alternella











Mompha subbistrigella

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Moths again!


Apart from the 4th of February where I had a Spring Usher to the kitchen windows I haven't bothered to run my trap as it just hasn't seemed worth it, until last night!

Bad news first though...the new led streetlamps along the bridleway at the back of my garden are on all night! (I was laying in bed last night conjuring up ideas of 'dimming' them and the best I came up with was to attach a car sponge to my 9 metre fishing pole and paint them brown like they have been mud splattered...it's a plan) The good news though I actually had some moths to count this morning and no less than an average year at this time of year (so maybe I shouldn't worry about these new led streetlamps)
Species count for the year up to 8.

Catch Report - 14/02/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Chestnut [NFY]
2x Pale Brindled Beauty
1x Spring Usher
 
Micro Moths

1x Acleris notana/ferrugana [NFY]

Chestnut













Acleris notana/ferrugana

Monday, 30 January 2017

3 weeks!



That's how long it's been since I last ran my garden trap.
Last night after torrential rain all afternoon and into the night and with a rise of temperature I was hopeful of at least something.
Luckily it wasn't a blank, with a year first Pale Brindled Beauty sitting on the brick wall next to the trap and that was to be all!

Species count for the year up to 5.

Catch Report - 29/01/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Pale Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]
 
Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Pale Brindled Beauty

Monday, 9 January 2017

A change of heart

Switching to the 40w Actinic last night as it was expected to get cooler (whether Actinic works better in cooler weather I am not sure)
This morning there were only 2 moths, but the 4th species of the year was a Winter Moth.

The weather is set to turn midweek and by the end of the week we could be seeing -5 again so this maybe my last post for awhile!

Catch Report - 08/01/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Winter Moth 1 [NFY]
Mottled Umber 1 
 
Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Winter Moth












Mottled Umber

Sunday, 8 January 2017

And the year starts!

Welcome all to 2017 and even more imporant, welcome to the moths of the new year.
Last night after quite a dull and wet day I decided that as the temperature rose to 10 degrees and expected night-time temperature wasn't supposed to get lower than 7, I thought it might be worth a punt in trying for my first moth records of 2017.
Expecting nothing at all (Which is pretty standard for my garden during the winter months) I was pleasantly surprised to find 2 moths in the trap and one on the alighted fence nearby.
3 species were observed as follows.


Catch Report - 07/01/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Mottled Umber 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1 [NFY]
 
Acleris schalleriana













Mottled Umber










Epiphyas postvittana
 

Monday, 2 January 2017

Welcome to 2017! + Final moth round-up from November

Happy New Year to all of my bloggers and followers, lets hope this year is great for recording whatever wildlife you can find :)
Here is a brief summary of catches from November.
Highlights were a few Sprawlers, always a pleasure to see these extremely streaky moths and I was lucky to see three different specimens in November.
Other notables were my latest record of Barred Sallow on the 14th of November.


Catch Report - 10/11/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Sprawler 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Catch Report - 12/11/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

None Recorded!

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 1

Catch Report - 14/11/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Sallow 1
December Moth 1
Feathered Thorn 2
Sprawler 1

Micro Moths

Acleris sparsana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Catch Report - 15/11/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

November Moth 2
Sprawler 1

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2

Sprawler











Emmelina monodactyla