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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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

More bits from Croatia - 16th-30th August 2014

Just a few more pictures from our honeymoon.

Also a brief list of the moths I saw during the two weeks I explored.

Thats all for now as time is limited.

Next catch report will be from my garden from yesterday night, quite a few moths were in the trap, though mostly Large Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustics!

1x Vestal
1x Loxostege sticticalis
200+ Nomophila noctuella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
1x Crombrugghia distans
20+ Humming-bird Hawk-moth
2x Agriphila inquinatella
5x Agriphila geniculea
50+ Silver-Y
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Palpita vitrealis
2x Pyrausta purpuralis
1x Blood-vein
1x Cydia amplana
1x Carnation Tortrix
1x Endotricha flammealis
1x Chinese Character
5+ Cochylis molliculana
1x Eublemma elychrysi
5x Euchromius bella
10+ Four-spotted
1x Golden Twin-spot
1x Great Dart
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Hydriris ornatalis
5x Pale Shoulder
1x Passenger
5x Phycitodes sp
3x Plumed Fan-foot
1x Rusty-dot Pearl
1x Scopula sp
1x Scorched Carpet
1x Small Grass Emerald
5x Spotted Sulphur
2x Strathmopoda sp
1x Trachycera-Acrobasis sp
2x Zygaena sp
1x Uresiphita gilvata
1x Endothenia sp

Agriphila inquinatella










Euchromius bella










Four-spotted












Golden Twin-spot










Plumed Fan-foot












Loxostege sticticalis












Hydriris ornatalis






Monday, 1 September 2014

Back from Croatia with the moth that has no name...

Hi everyone. I have recently got back from our honeymoon to Croatia.

We both had a lovely time, the weather was a bit up and down unfortunately but we had some nice and sunny days with highs around 30 degrees.

Me being me decided to do a bit of exploring around the local area.

I had numerous walks up the road towards scrubby land and mixed woodland where I observed plenty of Butterflies, Crickts, Grasshoppers, Mantids and of course Moths!

I also decided to do a couple of walks to the favoured areas with a fishing net (which I bought out there as I forgot to pack my net!) a torch and a few pots.
I should have taken more pots....and 8 just wasn't enough.

Of the 20 or so species of moth I saw out there, the most interesting was this Strathmopoda species (Which I assume it is).
Bearing in mind there is only one known Strathmopoda species in Europe (pedella) this got me rather excited to say the least.
From what I have been told, there is a new species of Strathmopoda being described at present, and this species could link with that?
I have also been told that it will need dissecting to rule out a possible aberrant Strathmopoda pedella.

See what you think, but it doesn't seem to resemble 'pedella' going on the markings.


I will add more photos when I get some more time as the four letter word beckons...work!


The local area









Typical habitat









Strathmopoda...











Eublemma elychrysi













Pale Shoulder










Spotted Sulphur










Strathmopoda...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

An update before my honeymoon

Hi all.
Just a quick update on what has been happening my end in the last few nights

Also a better picture of the Acrolepiopsis assectella.

Catches are reducing in size each time I trap, but there is still some interest about.

Rosy Rustic was new for the year last night, and the night before a first for me Agriphila selasella was also nice to find, after comparing it with 12 Agriphila tristella's.

We also had a big and juicy Buff-tip larva walking along our patio the day before, the first time I have seen a caterpillar of this species.

Trap out again tonight to see what it yields then its off to Croatia for our honeymoon....I would be lying if I said I am not taking a torch, pots and a keen interest in the hotel lights!

Buff-tip Caterpillar










Acrolepiopsis assectella










Agriphila selasella










Rosy Rustic
 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Finally a Tree-lichen Beauty!

A combined catch result for this week chaps, as I haven't had much time to update thy blog.
Being officially married now means that my mothing exploits will apparently subdue over the years to come (but not too soon I must add!)
I trapped on the 6th, 8th and 9th this week with pretty mixed results but with a downward trend starting to happen as we go into the beginning of the end....or is it?

There was me going through the trap each time expecting to not be that thrilled with late Summer catches (Yes in the moth world it is nearing Autumn already) then to stumble upon rare and interesting moths in each of the three session.
6th was the Cydia amplana night, on the 8th star of the show was Acrolepiopsis assectella, both completely new moths for me. The on the 9th after EVERYBODY else has had one, finally I managed a Tree-lichen Beauty....it's never too late is it!

Also a Footman needs checking for Hoary.

All in all a good end to the week trapping.

Catch Report - 06-08-09/08/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap



Macro Moths

1x Tree-lichen Beauty [NFG]
1x Small Waved Umber [NFG]
2x Lesser Swallow Prominent [NFY]
6x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Vapourer Moth [NFY]
3x Angle Shades
3x Black Arches
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Common Carpet
22x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Dot Moth
2x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
3x Dusky Thorn 
2x Flame Shoulder
8x Flounced Rustic
1x Green Carpet
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Carpet
42x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maiden's Blush
2x Maple Pug
2x Marbled Beauty
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Oak Hook-tip
4x Orange Swift
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Poplar Hawk-moth 
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
11x Riband Wave
1x Scarce Footman 
4x September Thorn
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Small Emerald 
1x Small Rivulet
4x Spectacle
2x Square-spotted Clay
1x Straw Dot
5x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
1x Vine's Rustic
10x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths

1x Acrolepiopsis assectella [NEW!]
1x Cydia amplana [NEW!]
1x Ypsolopha sequella [NFG]
1x Dichrorampha acuminatana [NFG]
1x Pyrausta purpuralis [NFG]
1x Mompha divisella [NFG]
6x Agriphila geniculea [NFY] 
2x Ypsolopha parenthesella [NFY]
4x Evergestis forficalis
1x Hypsopygia costalis
4x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
3x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Monopis laevigella
2x Endotricha flammealis
15x Blastobasis adustella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Eudonia mercurella
1x Ypsolopha dentella
2x Trachycera advenella
1x Trachycera suavella
3x Carcina quercana
7x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Paronix sp
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Apotomis betuletana
3x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
5x Agriphila straminella
2x Phycita roborella
6x Agriphila tristella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Caloptilia betulicola
2x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Argyresthia pruniella
5x Plutella xylostella
2x Batia unitella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Acrolepiopsis assectella










Agriphila geniculea










Lesser Swallow Prominent











Dichrorampha acuminatana










Mompha divisella











Mompha subbistrigella









Tree-lichen Beauty












Square-spot Rustic










Ypsolopha parenthesella











Vapourer Moth