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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Monday, 15 September 2014

Various Acleris

Last night I ran the garden trap once more, this time under some nice cloudy and warm(ish) conditions.
It was rather breezy the first few hours of darkness but by this morning it was very calm indeed and the trap was shrouded by a light mist.
On inspection of the trap there wasn't the numbers that I have been use to as we are still in that nothingness shift between seasons, but there was a glimmer of things to come.

A Centre-barred Sallow was new for the year as were two Lunar Underwings of the same form.

Small Blood-vein was my latest 2nd brood record ever (generally I find these only singularly brooded during the months of June and July)
My latest previous date was on the 07th of August! So this can only be a product of such a long period of favourable weather right through summer and up until now.

3 micro's were of interest amongst the catch, a pretty metallic Coleophora which needs checking although I have narrowed it down to either alcyonipennella, frischella or deuratella although I still favour the former species.
The other two were Acleris emargana and Acleris rhombana, both garden firsts! So I am very chuffed indeed.

Catch Report - 14/09/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Centre-barred Sallow [NFY]
2x Lunar Underwing [NFY]
1x Small Blood-vein
1x Straw Dot
1x Brimstone Moth
15x Large Yellow Underwing
9x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Silver-Y
2x Snout
4x Square-spot Rustic
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Vine's Rustic
Micro Moths

1x Acleris emargana [NFG]
1x Acleris rhombana [NFG]
1x Coleophora sp
1x Endrosis sarcitella
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
3x Celypha lacunana
1x Plutella xylostella

Acleris emargana

Acleris rhombana

Coleophora sp - 10mm

Lunar Underwing

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Brown-spot Pinion heads up the list

Just a quick update on a few moths around the garden this last week.

Brown-spot Pinion was a nice one to get, but there has really been little else, although I have had quite an influx of Plutella xylostella's recently with 12 on the 07th and 6 on the 09th.

Only other new moth all week was a Ypsolopha sylvella.

All quiet on the Eastern front!

Hopefully next week we will get a little more cloud cover at nights.

Catch Report - 07/09/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brown-spot Pinion [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
2x Brimstone Moth
5x Common Wainscot
9x Square-spot Rustic
2x Silver-Y
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing 
4x Willow Beauty
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Orange Swift
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Large Yellow Undewing
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Light Emerald
1x Oak Hook-tip
1x Engrailed
1x Common Marbled Carpet

Micro Moths

1x Agriphila geniculea
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Anthophila fabriciana
12x Plutella xylostella
1x Catoptria falsella

Catch Report - 09/09/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

3x Brimstone Moth
2x Common Wainscot
3x Square-spot Rustic
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Willow Beauty
12x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Double-striped Pug
3x Snout
1x Small Dusty Wave

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha sylvella [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Blastobasis adustella
1x Cacoecimorpha pronubana
1x Acleris variegana
6x Plutella xylostella

Brown-spot Pinion

Ypsolopha sylvella

Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Field Trip - Dungeness - Kent - 06/09/14

A trip down to Dungeness in Kent on Saturday night proved to be the coolest conditions we have experienced for a while, with clear skies, bright moon and misty air coming from the sea. As you can imagine it wasn't great and the moths were few and far between, but I did manage a few new ones for me. Yellow Belle, Pale Grass Eggar, Antler Moth, Celypha cespitana, Aroga velocella and Cynaeda dentalis were all new for me. There are still some Bactra's to confirm and a few unidentified micros to sort out.

All in all despite the catastrophic weather I was pleased to pick up some new ones.

Catch Report - 06/09/14 – Dungeness - Kent - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x Hanging 125w MV.

Macro Moths

2x Angle Shades
2x Antler Moth [NEW!]
1x Blood-vein
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Burnished Brass
2x Canary-shouldered Thorn
3x Chinese Character
3x Common Carpet
1x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Common Wainscot
1x Common Wave
1x Copper Underwing
1x Dark Arches
1x Dusky Thorn
6x Feathered Gothic
2x Flame Shoulder  
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Frosted Orange
1x Green Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
4x Light Emerald 

1x Lime-speck Pug
1x Mouse Moth
2x Mullein Wave
1x Nutmeg
2x Pale Grass Eggar
1x Poplar Lutestring
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
2x Rosy Rustic
2x Satin Wave
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Sharp-angled Peacock
2x Silver-Y
1x Six-striped Rustic
1x Small Square-spot
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
5x Square-spot Rustic
1x Tawny Shears
4x White-point
1x Wood Carpet 
2x Yellow Belle

Micro Moths

10x Agriphila geniculea
1x Agriphila inquinatella [NEW!]
1x Celypha lacunana

1x Acleris laterana/comariana

2x Aroga velocella [NEW!]
1x Cynaeda dentalis [NEW!]
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Celypha cespitana [NEW!]
1x Epinotia abbreviana
1x Ebulea crocealis
4x Parapoynx stratiotata
3x Bactra sp
1x Teleiopsis diffinis
1x Phtheochroa inopiana
3x Plutella xylostella
2x Scoparia ambigualis

Agriphila inquinatella

Antler Moth

Aroga velocella

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Celypha cespitana

Cynaeda dentalis

Pale Grass Eggar

Teleiopsis diffinis

Yellow Belle