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

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Herts Moth Group Field Trip - Bovingdon Brickworks - 23/07/16

On Saturday night the Herts Moth Group assembled at Bovingdon Brickworks ready to see what moths would turn up at this fantastic site owned by the Boxmoor Trust.

Bovingdon Brickworks is situated about a mile South-West of Bovingdon village and is still very much active today with Bovingdon Bricks selling all manor of Bricks for industrial and commercial needs.
In 2000, the Boxmoor Trust was gifted 40 acres of land at the old workings site of Bovingdon Brickworks, to be managed as a conservation area.
Since then the site has seen an important area for all types of wildlife and is always an interesting location to trap moths.
Saturday was no different. We set up a total of 8 lights spread across the lower field and into the woods and on the edge of the disused brick pits.
Many of the people that turned up to help set the equipment up and study the moths had never been here before, and it was a pleasure showing them how special this site is.

We ran our lights until about 2am and it took a good hour to pack away, in fact I didn't arrive home until nearly 4am! Well worth the effort though as we managed some incredible records for the site.

We didn't managed to see our target species, Garden Tiger. Which was a shame but nevertheless there were some lovely local species that did turn up as compensation.
Species such as Barred Rivulet, Gem, Bordered Pug and Tree-lichen Beauty.

There is still a Pug species to confirm and a few micro's to sort out but 212 species is what we are at at the moment which is pretty fantastic and my highest amount of species so far this year.

Catch Report - 23/07/16 - Bovingdon Brickworks - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 125w MV Tripod and heet 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x Blacklight Blue Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap

Macro Moths - 112 Species

Angle Shades 
Barred Rivulet
Barred Straw
Beautiful Golden-Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bordered Pug
Bordered Sallow
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Clay Triple-lines
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet 
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Marbled Carpet 
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Common Wave 
Common White Wave 
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Footman
Dingy Shears
Dot Moth
Double Square-spot 
Double-striped Pug
Ear Moth
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Garden Carpet
Green Pug
Grey Dagger
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Dart 
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing 
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Emerald 
Lobster Moth
Lunar-spotted Pinion 
Maiden's Blush
Marbled Minor 
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Nut-tree Tussock 
Oak Nycteoline 
Peach Blossom
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Poplar Grey 
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave 
Ruby Tiger
Scallop Shell 
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Slender Pug
Small Angle Shades
Small Blood-vein 
Small Emerald
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Rivulet 
Small Waved Umber
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot 
Straw Dot
Straw Underwing
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny Marbled Minor
Tree-lichen Beauty
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths - 100 Species

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris laterana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella 
Acrobasis consociella
Aethes cnicana
Agapeta hamana 
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix kaekeritziana
Agriphila straminella 
Anania hortulata 
Aphomia sociella 
Aproaerema anthllidella
Archips podana 
Archips xylosteana
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis adustella 
Blastobasis lacticolella 
Bryotropha terrella 
Bucculatrix nigricomella 
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carcina quercana
Catoptria falsella 
Catoptria pinella 
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilana 
Cnephasia sp
Cochylimorpha straminea 
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis roseana
Coleophora sp (white)
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella 
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia pomonella
Cydia splendana 
Dioryctria abietella
Ditula angustiorana
Endothenia gentianaeana
Endotricha flammealis 
Ephestia parasitella
Epiblema foenella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudonia lacustrata 
Eudonia mercurella 
Eudonia pallida 
Euzophora pinguis 
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana 
Hedya pruniana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 
Hypsopygia costalis 
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Limnaecia phragmitella 
Lobesia abscisana 
Metzneria lappella 
Mompha ochraceella 
Monochroa palustrella 
Monopis obviella/crocicapitella
Monopis weaverella
Notocelia uddmanniana 
Oncocera semirubella
Pammene aurita
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis cerasana 
Pandemis heparana 
Paraswammerdamia nebulella 
Phycita roborella 
Phycitodes binaevella 
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Ptycholomoides aeriferanus
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Recurvaria leucatella 
Scoparia ambigualis 
Scoparia pyralella
Spilonota ocellana 
Strophedra sp
Swammerdamia pyrella
Syncopacma sp
Udea prunalis 
Yponomeuta evonymella 
Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Ypsolopha ustella

Zeiraphera isertana

Clay Triple-lines

Dioryctria abietella

Ptycholomoides aeriferanus

The Suspected

Cochylis roseana

Monopis obviella/crocicapitella

Barred Rivulet

Swammerdamia pyrella

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Some fantastic moths in the garden

16 new for years was blooming good for late July in my garden as we just creep past peak moth season, it is a sad time as numbers will probably fall away now but only slowly. If only we got a settled month of weather for Summer then we would probably see more moths.

Notable species for my garden included Pebble Hook-tip (went missing for 3 years), Shaded Broad-bar (not a common moth here) and two garden first micro moths, Eucosma conterminana and Achroia grisella.
Other bits of interest was a dark Dart moth of  somekind, it isn't Turnip Moth as the hindwings are dark grey, which leaves either Heart & Club and Garden Dart. It would be great if it is the latter as that would be a garden first.

Another pretty moth and quite common this year in the garden, a stunning form of July Highflyer.

Weather-wise now we stick with the changeable conditions, if it's sunny then it is warm, but with plenty of cloud and rain the temperatures look set to struggle in the low 20's. 

Catch Report - 22/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Dingy Footman 2 [NFY]
Marbled Beauty 2 [NFY]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Rustic 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]
Slender Brindle 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 2
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 4
Common Rustic 17
Dark Arches 1
Dart sp [TBC]
Dot Moth 24
Double Square-spot 2
Dun-bar 3
Fan-foot 1
Fern 1
Haworth's Pug 3
July Highflyer 3
Lackey 1
Least Carpet 3
Mottled Rustic 1
Nut-tree Tussock 3
Poplar Hawk-moth 2
Riband Wave 3
Scalloped Oak 4
Single-dotted Wave 2
Small Blood-vein 1
Small Emerald 2
Small Fan-foot 1
Small Fan-footed Wave 4
Small Rivulet 1
Straw Underwing 2
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
V-pug 2
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Achroia grisella 1 [NFG]
Eucosma conterminana 1 [NFG]
Agriphilsa straminella 4 [NFY]
Agriphila tristella 2 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 2 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1 [NFY]
Pyrausta aurata 1 [NFY]
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha dentella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis suavella 1
Anania coronata 2
Aphomia sociella 1
Argyresthia goedartella 2
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Bryotropha terrella 2
Carcina quercana 3
Celypha striana 2
Coleophora sp 1
Cydia splendana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 5
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Eudonia mercurella 2
Eurrhypara hortulata 1
Gypsonoma dealbana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
Pandemis heparana 1
Phyllonorycter coryli 1
Plutella xylostella 12
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Spilonota ocellana 5
Yponomeuta evonymella 3
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Slender Brindle

Small Rivulet

Marbled Beauty

July Highflyer

Pebble Hook-tip

Achroia grisella

Eucosma conterminana

Dart sp TBC

Monday, 25 July 2016

Catching up with catches. The prequel..

A flipping huge catch last Monday night, apologies for being a week behind but time seems to run away with me during peak moth season with photos to take, edit and then the list to type up.
This catch was just prior to the previous post about the fantastic night's trapping on the farm.
For my garden this amount of moths was brilliant with loads of new moths for the year list.

Best of all there were two new species for my garden, namely Epiblema costipunctana, a fairly common Tortrix moth that I use to catch on the farm regularly.
The other was Eana incanana, another good species and one i've trapped before on the farm also. Not content with one, I trapped another on Friday night!

Happy mothing everyone!

Catch Report - 18/07/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Large Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Ruby Tiger 1 [NFY]
Shaded Pug 1 [NFY]
Slender Pug 1 [NFY]
Small Rivulet 1 [NFY]
Straw Underwing 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone Moth 1
Buff-tip 1
Buff Arches 1
Burnished Brass 1
Clay 1
Clouded Border 1
Common Emerald 1
Common Footman 3
Common Rustic 5
Common White Wave 1
Dark Arches 2
Dot Moth 10
Double-striped Pug 3
Dun-bar 1
Dwarf Cream Wave 1
Early Thorn 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fern 1
Flame 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 1
Green Pug 2
Heart & Dart 1
July Highflyer 2
Lackey 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Mottled Rustic 2
Nut-tree Tussock 2
Peppered Moth 2
Riband Wave 2
Rustic 1
Scalloped Oak 2
Scarce Footman 1
Short-cloaked Moth 1
Silver-Y 4
Swallow-tailed Moth 6
Uncertain 2
V-pug 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow Shell 1
Yellow-tail 1

Micro Moths

Eana incanana 1 [NFG]
Epiblema costipunctana 1 [NFG]
Acrobasis advenella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis repandana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia brockeella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia semifusca 1 [NFY]
Athrips mouffetella 2 [NFY]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Cameraria ohridella 1 [NFY]
Orthopygia glaucinalis 2 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 2 [NFY]
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Acleris schalleriana 2
Anania coronata 2
Anania hortulata 1
Aphomia sociella 2
Argyresthia pruniella 1
Batia lunaris 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha affinis 1
Bryotropha terrella 1
Caloptilia alchimiella 1
Celypha lacunana 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 6
Clepsis consimilana 1
Ditula angustiorana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endotricha flammelis 2
Eudonia mercurella 2
Hedya nubiferana 1
Helcystogramma rufescens 1
Notocelia uddmanniana 1
Oegoconia sp 2
Parornix sp 2
Plutella xylostella 7
Spilonota ocellana 2
Teleiodes vulgella 1
Udea prunalis 1
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Acrobasis advenella

Acrobasis repandana

Argyresthia semifusca

Eana incanana

Ruby Tiger

Straw Underwing