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

Friday, 1 August 2014

New Camera

Well after 8 years with my first DSLR the beloved Sony A200 with the 100mm Cosina 1:2 macro lens, I finally plumped for a Sony A65 coupled with a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens.

It will take me months to work out the ideal f-stop and iso settings for all of the light conditions during photography that are thrown at me, but I am pleasantly surprised so far.

Here are a few pics from last nights catch, of which I must write up when I get time.

Still a trickle of new for years but the amount of Macro moths has really dropped off with Micro moths more numerous in the trap, including 65 Blastobasis adustella!

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Black Arches

Caloptilia syringella

Square-spotted Clay

Dusky Thorn

Small Rivulet

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Less moths but more quality

Trapping under clear skies on Monday night yielded a mixed catch of quality moths and worn dross.
With temperatures getting a little chilly early morning recently, there is certainly an Autumnal feel in the early morning air.
Pick of the bunch was a Twin-spotted Wainscot, a garden first, along with other new moths such as Wormwood Pug, Mouse Moth, Iron Prominent and Orange Swift.

Also a lovely yellow-tinged Marbled Beauty caught my eye this morning.

A strange one this year, Common Carpet is my first record for this year! Totally missing out on the first brood for this species

Away from the moths I am also quite excited about receiving my new camera and lens, stepping up from my ageing 10.2mp Sony Alpha 200 I have bit the bullet and gone for a 3 year old Sony A65 24.3mp camera, hoping to use my old lenses as well as purchasing a Tamron 90mm 1:1 Macro (my current macro is a 1:2)

Catch Report - 28/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Twin-spotted Wainscot [NFG] 
1x Wormwood Pug [NFG]
1x Common Carpet [NFY]
2x Iron Prominent [NFY]
2x Mouse Moth [NFY]
1x Orange Swift [NFY]
1x Campion
1x Clay
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
4x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
5x Dot Moth
1x Grey Dagger
1x Haworth's Pug
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Magpie Moth
1x Maiden's Blush
3x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Oak Hook-tip 
9x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
1x Scarce Footman
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
2x Single-dotted Wave
4x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
3x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths 

1x Epiblema foenella [NFG]
1x Acleris laterana [NFY]
2x Trachycera advenella
10x Blastobasis adustella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
5x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Celypha striana
2x Argyresthia albistria


Mouse Moth

Wormwood Pug

Twin-spotted Wainscot

Marbled Beauty

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A pretty tricky customer

Another warm and muggy night and another quality catch with plenty to smile about and some different moths to compliment the garden list so far.
An initial headache over a very pretty micro moth lasted a good hour pondering books, websites and my own photos, the conclusion was a form of Epinotia nisella that I hadn't seen before.

A mint Tawny-speckled Pug was probably my favourite moth of the night.

Parachronistis albiceps was a good record of a species that is becoming more frequent.

Trap out again tomorrow night.

Catch Report - 26/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Knot Grass [NFY] 
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFY]
1x Tawny Speckled Pug [NFY]
4x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Buff Footman
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
10x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
5x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
2x Dun-bar
2x Dusky Sallow
1x Dwarf Cream Wave 
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Flounced Rustic
1x Green Pug
2x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Dart
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Prominent
4x Maple Pug
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
19x Riband Wave
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Shaded Pug
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Rivulet
1x Snout
1x Straw Dot
2x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths 

1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella [NFG]
1x Epinotia nisella [NFG]
1x Parachronistis albiceps [NFG]
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana [NFY]
1x Cacoecimorpha pronubana [NFY]
2x Splionota laricana [NFY]
1x Euzophera pinguis [NFY]
1x Apotomis betuletana [NFY]
5x Carcina quercana
21x Blastobasis adustella
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Pammene aurita
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
2x Parornix sp
1x Cameraria ohridella
1x Oegoconia sp
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Athrips mouffetella
1x Caloptilia betulicola
1x Ditula angustiorana
7x Agriphila straminella
5x Gysonoma dealbana
1x Conobathra repandana
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana
2x Phycita roborella
2x Trachycera advenella
3x Trachycera suavella
8x Dipleurina lacustrata
6x Endotricha flammealis
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
10x Spilonota ocellana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
3x Cydia splendana
4x Argyesthia goedartella
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Clepsis consimilana
2x Batia unitella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Pandemis corylana
4x Plutella xylostella

Apotomis betuletana

Epinotia nisella

Knot Grass

Parachronistis albiceps

Pyrausta aurata

Spilonota laricana

Tawny Speckled Pug

Friday, 25 July 2014

Heatwave continues

More trapping again this week and I put the trap out again on the most favourable night that the forecasters had predicted.
Thursday morning saw me going through the trap once again at 6am and jotting down the species present.
I would love to trap every night, but couldn't justify the time making lists day after day, often repeating the same species.
The trap wasn't brimming this morning but there was one surprise towards the bottom. The wetland Pyralid Donacaula forficella. A little tatty but a very welcome addition to the ever growing garden list.
A nice collection of Micros were also new for the year. 

Catch Report - 24/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
1x Small Rivulet [NFY] 
1x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff Footman
1x Buff-tip
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
3x Common Footman
15x Common Rustic
1x Dark Arches
8x Dot Moth
1x Double Square-spot
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Fern
2x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Grey Dagger
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Least Carpet
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
1x Maple Prominent
1x Maple Pug
1x Nutmeg
1x Pale Prominent
2x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
12x Riband Wave
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Scarce Footman
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Straw Underwing
2x Uncertain
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Donacaula forficella [NFG]
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana [NFG]
2x Acentria ephemerella [NFY]
2x Hypatima rhomboidella [NFY]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NFY]
1x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Agriphila tristella [NFY]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
2x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Helcystogramma rufescens
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Pandemis corylana
3x Bryotropha terrella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
1x Celypha striana
3x Yponomeuta evonymella
4x Batia unitella
12x Plutella xylostella
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Agapeta hamana
14x Endotricha flammealis
1x Spilonota ocellana
2x Phycita roborella
1x Udea prunalis
3x Eudonia mercurella
2x Agriphila straminella
2x Crambus perlella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Bucculatrix thoracella

Cydia splendana

Donacaula forficella

Flounced Rustic

Tinea semifulvella