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
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Monday, 23 May 2016

By Day and Night


Yesterday was a gloriously sunny and warm day with a mixture of cloud and clear blue sky.

Whilst enjoying a BBQ round my inlaws I spotted a Esperia sulphurella land on the outside window.

When I got home I did some gardening just before dusk and I noted three species of moth flying around, they were Anthophila fabriciana (1), Cauchas rufimitrella (20+) and Glyphipterix simpliciella (10+).
Two of those species were new for the year.

Also whilst weeding I found an Elephant Hawk-moth pupa lying above he ground, it must be vry close to hatching considering how dark it is.
The rain started just after dark but it didn't come to much and it remained around 11 degrees with complete cloud cover. It did however clear by this morning, and a slight nip in the breeze showed 7 degrees.

Another good haul for this time of year with 5 new for year in the trap this morning.
Not much of note and the usual fair really, best was a Bucculatrix nigricomella which use to be an uncommon moth but seems to be popping up everywhere now and I regularly record a few individuals per year but not in the garden, making it new for the garden list which was nice.
 
Catch Report - 22/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
 
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Mottled Pug [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
1x Garden Carpet
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Pug
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Bucculatrix nigricomella [NFG]
1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY] (daytime)
10+ Glyphipterix simpliciella [NFY] (daytime)  
1x Aphomia sociella [NFY]
1x Notocelia cynosbatella [NFY]
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana
20+ Cauchas rufimitrella
1x Mompha subbistrigella


Bucculatrix nigricomella










Notocelia cynosbatella










Treble Lines












Aphomia sociella










Elephant Hawk-moth Pupa

Saturday, 21 May 2016

High-flying May Surprise


Last night I decided to put my trap on again and hope for some more different species, and with last nights species in a tub so as not re-capture them.
3 new species were added to the year list plus a bagworm, so not bad at all.

17 moths of 12 species with a case of Psyche casta making it 18 species, very pleasing indeed.

Highlight of the night was a garden first May Highflyer, a moth that I have only ever seen 3 times before in 10 years, I never realised how scarce my records were of this species.

Here are my records

Thorndon Country Park North
TQ605913
18
Ben Sale
Ben Sale
05/06/2010
Waterford Heath North Pit
TL314152
20
Ben Sale
Andrew Wood
06/05/2011
Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead
TL038061
20
Ben Sale
Roger Prue
11/06/2013






So a really great record for my garden and my best moth this year so far, it was a right pain to photograph as it just would not settle for starter's and when it did settle it was wings like a butterfly! Thankfully it did splay out but on the lid of my pot.
I will try tomorrow for a moth natural shot.

I will be giving the moths a break tonight as it is supposed to be wet at times. 

Catch Report - 20/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x May Highflyer [NFG]
1x Common Pug
2x Garden Carpet
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Shuttle shaped Dart 
1x Common Swift
1x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

1x Bryotropha affinis [NFY]
1x Caloptilia alchimiella [NFY]
1x Psyche casta (case) [NFY]
1x Agonopterix heracliana
1x Mompha subbistrigella


Psyche casta case











May Highflyer












Poplar Hawk-moth











 
Bryotropha affinis

Catch Report 19th of May

On Thursday night I ran the trap again and continued the catch up with 5 new species for the year. 
It is finally nice to see a bit of variety turning up...nothing rare but moths any moths was all I needed to see having missed out on so much lately.

Best moth of note was a different form of Oak Nycteoline, my second of this species for the year.

The weather has turned a little unsettled with rain showers and highs of 18 degrees but continuing to stay mild and cloudy for the evenings which are better for moths.
 
Catch Report - 19/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Tussock [NFY]
1x Common Pug [NFY]
1x Flame Shoulder [NFY]
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent [NFY] 
1x Cabbage Moth [NFY]
1x Garden Carpet
1x Oak Nycteoline
1x Waved Umber
3x Shuttle shaped Dart 
1x Common Swift
1x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths

2x Epiphyas postvittana

Cabbage Moth













Lesser Swallow Prominent










Oak Nycteoline













Shuttle-shaped Dart

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Cauchas rufimitrella



Every day I have been checking the patch of Daisies in the garden that I have let grow in preparation for the beautiful and dainty little longhorn moths, Cauchas rufimitrella.
They were pretty much right on que, with my first records for the year 2014 on the 15th of May and my 2015 records on the 17th of May...so strangely all one day apart for the last three years.

They typically like sunshine and today there really wasn't much apart from some hazy stuff when I got home from work, this seemed to be enough to encourage a small gathering on a patch of Daisies.

4 moths were observed at once, maybe they have just started today, but I have seen well over 15 dancing around the same small patch of Daisies in previous years.

To give you an idea of how small these moths are, they were posing perfectly on Daisy heads.

They are moth species no.59 for the year in my garden.

Cauchas rufimitrella