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

Saturday, 4 July 2015

A few more confirmed from the Braughing field trip

2 examples of Epinotia abbreviana and a single Isotrias rectifasciana leaves just two more to check.

The running total is now 204 species with 111 Macro moths and 93 Micro moths.

Isotrias rectifasciana

Epinotia abbreviana

Friday, 3 July 2015

Another trip to the farm

Hello everyone.
I decided to arrange another field trip to my parents farm at Braughing Friars and what a day we picked for it! The day had been hot and sultry and with highs of around 35 degrees!! summer seemed to have certainly peaked and a new highest temperature had been recorded of 36.5c, the highest for 11 years.
As the evening neared the weather was still a muggy 28 degrees at aroung 8pm and although the sky was clear we did have some patchy cloud at times and apart from the full moon the evening couldn't ger any better.
High winds were an issue during the day but luckily by dusk the wind had dropped right down.

I was joined by Colin, Roger and Paul and we ran 6 traps and one sheet that we would attend through the course of the evening/
The moths were fast coming to the lights, it seemed that as soon as the switches were flicked on moths had known what was going on.
It seemed a slow start, espcially for the Macros which seemed to suffer initially and it certainly was a night for the Micro moth recorder as we were simply inundated by them, feverishly wielding pots to try and capture the prize specimens.
The there was the Crane-flies and Beetles, my god I have never seen so many Ground Beetles before in one area, they were swarming all over us more so than the moths!
Th guys left at about 1am and I decided to leave my 4 traps running until dawn, topped the genny up and got some much needed kip for a few hours then up at 4am ready to see what else had turned up.
There was plenty and a lot more species were added.

Best moths of the night were a huge influx of 9 Red-necked Footman, and 3 new moths for my all-time list  Aethes beatricella, Aethes tesserana and Carpatolechia fugitivella.

Numbers below are approximate. 

Catch Report -  16/06/15 - Braughing Farmland - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap

204 Species  111 Macros and 93 Micros

Macro Moths

4x Barred Straw
2x Barred Yellow
1x Beautiful Golden-Y  
5x Blood-vein
3x Blotched Emerald
2x Blue-bordered Carpet
1x Bordered White
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Brown Rustic
1x Buff Arches  
2x Buff Ermine  
1x Buff Footman  
3x Burnished Brass  
2x Buttoned Snout  
1x Cabbage Moth  
10+ Cinnabar
8+ Clay
2x Cloaked Minor  
6x Clouded Border  
10+ Clouded Silver  
1x Common Carpet
2x Common Emerald  
10x Common Footman  
4x Common Marbled Carpet  
2x Common Pug    
3x Common Swift  
4x Common Wainscot
1x Common Wave    
3x Common White Wave
5x Dark Arches

2x Dot Moth
5x Double Square-spot
2x Drinker
1x Dusky Brocade
5x Dwarf Cream Wave
3x Elephant Hawk-moth  
2x Fan-foot  
4x Fern   
3x Figure of Eighty  
5x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet  
2x Ghost Moth
8x Green Pug  
5x Green Silver-lines  
1x Grey Pug
1x Haworth's Pug
6x Heart & Club
10x Heart & Dart
5x Ingrailed Clay
1x July Highflyer  
12x Large Nutmeg
2x Large Twin-spot Carpet  
5x Large Yellow Underwing  
1x Least Carpet
1x Leopard Moth
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Light Arches      
5x Light Emerald
2x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Maple Prominent  
10x Marbled Minor  
2x Middle-barred Minor  
4x Mottled Beauty  
2x Mottled Pug  
5x Mottled Rustic  
1x Orange Footman  
1x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Grey  
2x Poplar Hawk-moth  
5x Privet Hawk-moth
9x Red-necked Footman
5x Riband Wave
1x Rosy Footman
1x Ruby Tiger
1x Rufous Minor
2x Rustic
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot  
1x Scarce Footman  
1x Scorched Carpet   
5x Scorched Wing    
6x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shears  
1x Silver Y  
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Blood-vein  
2x Small Dusty Wave
2x Small Fan-foot
3x Small Fan-footed Wave  
1x Small Mottled Willow  
1x Small Square-spot  
1x Small Waved Umber
8x Small Yellow Wave
10x Smoky Wainscot  
20x Snout  
2x Spectacle  
2x Straw Dot
1x Swallow-tailed Moth 
2x Tawny Marbled Minor 
5x Treble Brown Spot
1x Treble Lines
1x Turnip Moth
1x Twin-spot Carpet   
10x Uncertain
1x Vapourer Moth  
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Waved Black  
3x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Aethes beatricella [NEW!]
1x Aethes tesserana [NEW!]
1x Carpatolechia fugitivella [NEW!]
1x Argyresthia albistria
2x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Pammene aurana
1x Donacaula forficella 
6x Ancylis achatana
4x Hypsopygia glaucinalis
10+ Scoparia ambigualis
20+ Anania hortulata
15x Plutella xylostella
50+ Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Endrosis sarcitrella
20+ Celypha lacunana
25+ Batia unitella
8x Crambus perlella
30+ Eucosma cana
1x Eucosma obumbratana
5x Archips xylosteana
5x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
5x Archips podana
8+ Celypha striana
100+ Eudonia lacustrata
2x Hedya salicella
2x Clepsis consimilana
5x Udea olivalis
30+ Pterophorus pentadactyla
10+ Catoptria falsella
5x Catoptria pinella
10x Agapeta hamana
1x Agapeta zoegana
4x Mompha ochraceella
3x Pandemis heparana
10x Pandemis cerasana
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
3x Cnephasia sp
2x Epagoge grotiana
2x Limnaecia phragmitella
6x Myelois circumvoluta
15+ Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Phycita roborella
1x Metzneria lappella
3x Metzneria metzneriella
2x Parapoynx stratiotata
5x Hedya pruniana
2x Hedya nubiferana
2x Anthophila fabriciana
8x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Ephestia sp
1x Acentria ephemerella
1x Phtheochroa inopiana
10+ Cochylis hybridella
2x Cochylis molliculana
2x Phycitodes binaevella sp
2x Gypsonoma dealbana
2x Tortrix viridana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
1x Moraphaga choragella
6x Epiblema foenella
3x Coleophora sp (White)
1x Coleophora mayrella (Checked)
2x Coleophora alcyonipennella (Checked)
1x Brachmia blandella
2x Teleiodes luculella
3x Teleiodes vulgella
5x Ditula angustiorana
1x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
1x Mompha raschkiella
1x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Prays fraxinella
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Notocelia uddmanniana 
1x Agonopterix arenella
4x Eudonia pallida
5x Celypha rosaceana
1x Cydia pomonella
2x Epinotia abbreviana
1x Isotrias rectifasciana
1x Cydia nigricana
1x Crambus lathoniellus
5x Anania perlucidalis
2x Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
1x Euzophera pinguis
1x Acleris hastiana
1x Nephopterix angustella
1x Enarmonia formosana
1x Endothenia gentianaeana
2x Syncopacma sp

Donacaula forficella

Twin-spot Carpet

Rufous Minor

Bordered White

Dwarf Cream Wave

Aethes tesserana

Aethes beatricella

Acleris hastiana

Marasmarcha lunaedactyla

Phtheochroa inopiana

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Thursday, 2 July 2015

More moths than you can shake a net at

Super night again with plenty of action and a whole plethora of new species for the year including a new Macro and Micro for the garden.
Another different Red-necked Footman was also nice and both of the Small Wave species were represented.
The Mottled Beauty (Pictured below) had me going for a possible Square-spot..I was 98% convinced it was, until Colin Plant pointed out about the blotch not being squared-off where it meets the cross-line, still I have never seen such a contrasting form like this before.
Little time to write this report as I have a huge list to process and work through shortly from last night's catch at Braughing.
It is big deep breath time! Could we make it to 200 species for the night (That was the challenge that we accepted)....

Catch Report -  30/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Yellow Wave [NFG]
1x Clouded Border [NFY]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFY]
1x Beautiful Golden-Y [NFY]
1x Smoky Wainscot [NFY] 
1x Buff Arches [NFY]
1x Small White Wave [NFY]
1x Red-necked Footman
1x Light Emerald
1x Snout
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
3x Double Square-spot
1x Treble Lines
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Yellow Shell
1x Straw Dot
1x Brown Rustic
1x Cabbage Moth
4x Dot Moth
7x Uncertain
3x Flame Shoulder
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Fan-foot
1x Peppered Moth
2x Treble Brown Spot
1x Heart & Club
5x Mottled Rustic
1x Marbled Minor
3x Riband Wave
1x Toadflax Pug
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
4x Willow Beauty
1x Mottled Beauty
6x Heart & Dart
1x Common Footman
1x Garden Carpet
1x Orange Footman
2x Dwarf Cream Wave

Micro Moths

1x Homoeosoma sinuella [NFG]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFY]
1x Batia unitella [NFY]
1x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x Acrobasis suavella [NFY]
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFY]
1x Zeiraphera isertana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes vulgella [NFY]
1x Ectoedemia decentella [NFY]
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Acleris schalleriana
1x Hedya pruniana
1x Ephestia parasitella
1x Argyresthia spinosella
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Tortrix viridana
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Clepsis consimilana
3x Celypha lacunana
5x Celypha striana 

Small Yellow Wave

Small White Wave

Red-necked Footman no.2

Mottled Beauty

Eudonia lacustrata

Acrobasis suavella

Acleris schalleriana

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More of the same please

This weather we are having at the moment is just cracking, with day-time temperatures hitting 30 degrees the last few days the nights have been mild at around 15 degrees minimum, good considering the clear skies.
On Sunday night I set the trap up in the garden in anticipation for another respectable haul. I wasn't disappointed come Monday morning with lots of moths in and out of the trap.

Highlight was a garden first Blotched Emerald, not in the best of condition but they all count.

Also a garden first and quite surprising because it is a common moth, a lovely Scorched Wing.

A single Square-spot Rustic was my second earliest record of this moth, this isn't my earliest record. I had one on the 20th of June 2010. The next earliest record is the 06th of August!! So these two early June dates are rare indeed.
It was nice to get a second garden record of Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a really nice colour form of Riband Wave was very photogenic. 

Tonight I will trap again, then it is field trip time again and once more I shall be trapping my parents farm in search of some more goodies. 

Catch Report -  28/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Scorched Wing [NFG]
1x Blotched Emerald [NFG]
1x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Fan-foot [NFY]
1x Small Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Small Elephant Hawk-moth [NFY]
18x Heart & Dart
2x Heart & Club
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Pale Mottled Willow  
10x Bright-line Brown-eye  
1x Spectacle
3x Buff Ermine
8x Mottled Rustic
1x Common Swift  
1x Garden Carpet  
2x Dark Arches  
2x Buff-tip  
4x Common Footman
1x Common Pug  
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Privet Hawk-moth
1x Blood-vein  
1x Snout  
10x Uncertain  
4x Mottled Beauty  
1x Brown Rustic  
5x Brimstone Moth  
2x Treble Brown Spot  
4x Double Square-spot  
1x Green Pug  
1x Straw Dot  
2x Clouded Silver
2x Riband Wave  
2x Willow Beauty  
1x Flame  
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Burnished Brass  
 2x Flame Shoulder  
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character  
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common White Wave

Micro Moths

1x Archips Podana [NFY]
1x Epiblema uddmanniana [NFY]
2x Udea prunalis [NFY]
1x Pandemis heparana [NFY]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFY]
1x Pandemis corylana [NFY]
1x Hedya nubiferana [NFY]
1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
4x Aleimma loeflingiana  
1x Hedya pruniana  
2x Pandemis cerasana  
1x Clepsis consimilana  
3x Eudonia lacustrata  
4x Celypha lacunana
3x Anania hortulata
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella  
3x Celypha striana  
3x Udea olivalis  
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella  
3x Tortrix viridana
1x Lozotaenia forsterana 
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Small Blood-vein

Udea prunalis

Blotched Emerald

Square-spot Rustic

Riband Wave


Pandemis corylana

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Two great catches combined!

Well, what a ridiculously amazing night it was for moths yesterday night and last night! I ran my trap on two consecutive nights keeping the moths from the previous night in tubs so it was easier to count this morning's moths.
Some great species and certainly more variety than I have been use to these past few weeks, lots more yellow apart from Brimstone Moth with Barred Yellow, Barred Straw and Swallow-tailed Moth.

A Privet Hawk-moth was very welcome, my first for the garden this year and quite late.

Other good moths were Shaded Pug, Phoenix and Toadflax Pug.

Moth of the night was a Red-necked Footman, first recorded in the garden in 2013.

The nights are just perfect at the moment, even if they are clear..with little wind temperatures are staying well in to the teens, and by mid-next week we could see temperatures soar to 30+ degrees! A few field trips hopefully during this warm weather.

Catch Report -  25/26/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Barred Yellow [NFY]
1x Shaded Pug [NFY]
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Middle-barred Minor [NFY]
1x Yellow Shell [NFY]
1x Dingy Shears [NFY]
2x Heart & Club [NFY]
1x Red-necked Footman [NFY]
1x Toadflax Pug [NFY]
1x Least Carpet [NFY]
1x Common White Wave [NFY] 
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFY]
1x Phoenix [NFY]
20x Heart & Dart
4x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Garden Carpet
5x Dark Arches
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Orange Footman
1x Buff-tip
2x Common Footman
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Ingrailed Clay
5x Snout
8x Uncertain
2x Mottled Beauty
3x Brown Rustic
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Peppered Moth
1x Treble Brown Spot
1x Double Square-spot
4x Green Pug
3x Straw Dot
2x Clouded Silver
4x Riband Wave
2x Willow Beauty
1x Flame
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Common Marbled Carpet

Micro Moths

5x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFY]
1x Coleophora sp (white) [NFY]
4x Hedya pruniana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY] 
1x Ephestia parasitella [NFY]
3x Pandemis cerasana [NFY]
1x Scythropia crataegella [NFY]
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFY]
2x Clepsis consimilana [NFY]
5x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Celypha lacunana
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Celypha striana
2x Udea olivalis
1x Plutella xylosteana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
7x Tortrix viridana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
4x Aphomia sociella

Barred Straw

Clepsis consimilana

Pterophorus pentadactyla

Red-necked Footman

Friday, 26 June 2015

Field Trip - Bovingdon Brickpits - Hemel Hempstead - 24/06/15

Last night we made the first trip of the year to Bovingdon Brickpits in Bovingdon to the South-West of Hemel Hempstead.
The evening was pretty much perfect again and we still retained a bit of the cloud cover that dominated the sky for most of the afternoon. 
We set up at around 9pm and decided to run five traps, luckily there were four of us to assemble everything which took nearly 45 minutes spreading all of the traps 50 metres apart and in a sort of semi-circle around the pits.
The moths were quick to react to the lights and species were coming in about as fast as I could write them down, an early in the evening Lime Hawk-moth was a nice surprise.
All in all we managed 146 species of which 100 were Macro species, a pretty good result for this year.
In comparison on a favourable night this time of year we have managed 180-200 species, but maybe we were a bit spoilt on those occasions!

Macro species of note included Blackneck, Buttoned Snout, Poplar Kitten, Purple Clay, Small Angle Shades and Small Yellow Wave.
Micros were slightly better with examples of Spatalistis bifasciana, Anania perlucidalis, Eana incanana and Celypha cespitana.

We packed up at just after 1pm which took a full hour to do as we sifted through five traps worth of moths.

The weather is set to get even warmer next week with talk of temperatures in the low 30's!

Numbers below are approximate. 

Catch Report -  24/06/15 - Bovingdon Brickpits - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap, 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap and 1x 40w Actinic Briefcase Trap

146 Species 100 Macros and 46 Micros

Macro Moths

4x Angle Shades
3x Beautiful Golden-Y
5x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Blackneck
1x Blood-vein
1x Bordered Sallow
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
6x Brimstone Moth

2x Broken-barred Carpet  
3x Brown Rustic
2x Brown Silver-line
2x Buff Arches  
3x Buff Ermine  
2x Buff-tip  
2x Burnished Brass  
1x Buttoned Snout  
2x Cinnabar
8x Clay  
4x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Brindle  
25+ Clouded Silver  
2x Clouded-bordered Brindle  
1x Common Carpet  
2x Common Marbled Carpet  
2x Common Pug  
2x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot
5x Common Wave    
2x Common White Wave
3x Coronet
8x Dark Arches

1x Dot Moth
5x Double Square-spot    
3x Elephant Hawk-moth  
3x Figure of Eighty  
4x Flame
1x Flame Carpet  
10+ Flame Shoulder
1x Foxglove Pug
3x Freyer's Pug  
1x Garden Carpet  
1x Ghost Moth
3x Green Pug
2x Green Silver-lines  
10x Grey Pug
5x Heart & Club
10+ Heart & Dart
20x Ingrailed Clay  
8x Large Nutmeg  
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Black Arches
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
1x Light Arches     
2x Light Emerald
1x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Lobster Moth
3x Maiden's Blush
1x Maple Prominent  
8x Marbled Minor  
2x Marbled White Spot  
15+ Mottled Beauty  
2x Mottled Pug  
10x Mottled Rustic
2x Nutmeg  
3x Orange Footman
1x Pale Mottled Willow  
1x Pale Oak Beauty    
1x Pale Tussock
1x Peach Blossom  
1x Pebble Prominent 
2x Peppered Moth  
1x Poplar Kitten
1x Purple Bar
1x Purple Clay
5x Riband Wave      
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Scarce Footman   
15+ Scorched Wing    
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Shaded Pug  

7x Shoulder-striped Wainscot  
1x Silver-Y
2x Silver-ground Carpet
4x Small Angle Shades
2x Small Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Small Fan-foot
1x Small Phoenix
2x Small Square-spot
1x Small Yellow Wave  
2x Smoky Wainscot  
2x Snout  
5x Spectacle  
20x Straw Dot
1x Swallow Prominent
2x Tawny Marbled Minor

1x Treble Brown Spot
3x Treble Lines
2x Uncertain
3x White Ermine
3x Willow Beauty


Micro Moths

10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Agonopterix arenella
1x Celypha cespitana
15+ Cochylimorpha straminea
20+ Scoparia ambigualis
5x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Coleophora sp (white)
1x Coleophora mayrella
1x Acentria ephemerella
1x Spatalistis bifasciana
2x Plutella xylostella
2x Epiblema trimaculana
2x Hedya nubiferana
6x Hedya pruniana
10+ Crambus pascuella
3x Ditula angustiorana
8x Aleimma loeflingiana
10x Pandemis cerasana
2x Pandemis heparana
10+ Celypha lacunana
3x Agapeta hamana
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Mompha raschkiella
2x Eudonia pallida
3x Pyrausta purpuralis
4x Metzneria metzneriella
2x Teleiodes luculella
5x Udea olivalis
1x Prays fraxinella
5x Cnephasia sp
5x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Epiblema rosaecolana
1x Caloptilia syringella
2x Eucosma conterminana
3x Eucosma hohenwartiana
2x Eucosma cana
1x Cochylis dubitana
2x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
2x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Mompha ochraceella
1x Archips podana
4x Anania perlucidalis
1x Pandemis cinnamomeana
1x Eana incanana
1x Nomophila noctuella

Poplar Kitten

Small Angle Shades

Shaded Pug

Pandemis cinnamomeana

Eana incanana

Spatalistis bifasciana

Monday, 22 June 2015

Keep em' coming

Another good night but pale in comparison to Friday night's catch, six new ones kept the ball rolling.
The weather continues to get warmer and by mid-week it looks to peak again so it will be field trip time again.

Catch Report -  21/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Double Square-spot [NFY]
1x Blood-vein [NFY]
1x Freyer's Pug [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot
1x Garden Carpet

1x Riband Wave
1x Green Pug
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Flame
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Straw Dot
2x Green Silver-lines
2x Dark Arches 
7x Heart & Dart
1x Uncertain
1x Silver-Y
1x Snout
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Cinnabar

Micro Moths

1x Cnephasia sp [NFY]
1x Tortrix viridana [NFY]
2x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
1x Pammene regiana
1x Cochylis molliculana
1x Celypha striana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana

Beautiful Hook-tip

Blastobasis lacticolella

Double Square-spot

Lozotaenia forsterana

Blastobasis lacticolella

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Bumper bonanza headed by a Shark

An amazing night last night and well worth the early rise to sort through all of the moths and there were plenty of them too! with nearly a record.. 17 new species for the year! (Most ever is 20).
Shark was added to the garden list and was eagerly checked for Chamomile Shark which I have yet to record.
Scoparia pyralella was new for the garden also.
A third Bordered Straw was also noteworthy and checked against the previous two photos to reveal that it was indeed a different moth.

Other than that the species were pretty much what I would expect this time of year.
The weather is turning unsettled and we have had a fair bit of rain today which has dampened it somewhat, my spirits included!

Catch Report -  19/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Shark [NFG]
1x Small Dusty Wave [NFY] 
3x Silver-ground Carpet [NFY]
2x Common Wainscot [NFY]
2x Flame [NFY]
3x Uncertain [NFY]
1x Buff Ermine [NFY]
1x Clouded Brindle [NFY]
2x Common Footman [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Bordered Straw
2x Peppered Moth
1x Willow Beauty
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Snout
4x Brimstone Moth
4x Garden Carpet
4x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Maiden's Blush
33x Heart & Dart
2x Cinnabar
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Silver-Y
8x Common Swift
2x Flame Shoulder
3x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Marbled Minor
1x Straw Dot
1x Treble Lines
2x Ingrailed Clay
2x Mottled Rustic
4x Large Nutmeg

Micro Moths

1x Scoparia pyralella [NFG]
2x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY]
1x Nemophora degeerella [NFY]
2x Crambus lathoniellus [NFY]
2x Celypha lacunana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia spinosella [NFY] 
1x Crambus pascuella [NFY]
1x Lozotaenia forsterana [NFY]
2x Celypha striana
3x Epiphyas postvittana
3x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Mompha subbistrigella
3x Aphomia sociella

Clouded Brindle

Crambus pascuella


Bordered Straw

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

My old Garden - The Farm

I travelled back to where my parents live in Braughing and decided to trap their farm site. 
The site itself is spread over 10 acres of mainly Ash, Oakm Willow, Birch and Hawthorn with a huge array of wildflowers taking over the now derelict farm.
The farm hasn't been running for nigh on 10 years now so everything is really overgrown and nature just loves this, nine less than the moths themselves.
A really good night but very tiring and rewarding at the same time.

The detritus feeding moths were really out in force and to be expected on a derelict farm with lots of fibres, moss and leaf litter about.

Best moth of the night had to be the 10...yes 10! Small Mottled Willow, found in all but one of the traps. 
Other than that the species were the usual expected types but some really nice ones mixed in and some of the common species coming to light in impressive numbers.

A really enjoyable evening, even if I did only get 2 hours of disturbed sleep!

Numbers below are approximate. 

Catch Report -  16/06/15 - Braughing Farmland - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic + 26w CFL Suitcase Trap

126 Species  78 Macros and 48 Micros

Macro Moths

3x Angle Shades
4x Blood-vein
2x Brimstone Moth

5x Brown Rustic
7x Buff Ermine
1x Buff Footman
1x Buff-tip
4x Burnished Brass
2x Buttoned Snout
1x Cabbage Moth
16x Cinnabar
1x Clouded Border
15+ Clouded Silver
1x Clouded-bordered Brindle
2x Common Carpet
2x Common Footman
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug  
6x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot  
1x Common White Wave
1x Coxcomb Prominent 
1x Dark Arches
3x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Fan-foot
1x Fern 
2x Figure of Eighty
1x Flame
20+ Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet
3x Ghost Moth
3x Green Carpet

4x Green Silver-lines
1x Grey Pug
35+ Heart & Dart
10x Ingrailed Clay
1x Iron Prominent
1x July Highflyer
13x Large Nutmeg
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Latticed Heath    
5x Light Emerald
4x Marbled Minor
6x Middle-barred Minor
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Pug
4x Mottled Rustic
1x Oak Hook-tip
4x Orange Footman
1x Pale Oak Beauty  
5x Pale Tussock
1x Pebble Prominent
3x Peppered Moth
1x Pine Hawk-moth
4x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Privet Hawk-moth   
10x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Sallow Kitten
2x Scorched Carpet 
6x Scorched Wing  
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Dusty Wave
10x Small Mottled Willow
5x Small Square-spot
1x Small Waved Umber
10x Snout
7x Spectacle
1x Spruce Carpet
25x Straw Dot
1x Tawny Marbled Minor  
5x Treble Lines  
1x Uncertain
3x Vine's Rustic 
5x White Ermine
2x Yellow Shell


Micro Moths

2x Anthophila fabriciana
40+ Celypha lacunana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Monopis weaverella
20x Hedya pruniana
40+ Anania hortulata
15x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Endrosis sarcitrella
20x Aphonia sociella
1x Psyche casta
3x Nemapogon cloacella
1x Mompha epilobiella
8x Cochylis hybridella
3x Cochylis molliculana
2x Eucosma cana
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Aphelia paleana
3x Udea olivalis
2x Notocelia uddmanniana
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
2x Tinea semifulvella
7x Crambus lathoniellus
8x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
3x Cnephasia sp
1x Scopariia pyralella
3x Pandemis cerasana
1x Catoptria falsella
4x Plutella xylostella
1x Nematopogon schwarziellus
11x Celypha striana
2x Epiblema cynosbatella
5x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Niditinea fuscella
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
1x Elachista atricomella
2x Eudonia pallida
1x Epinotia bilunana
1x Udea ferrugalis
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Metzneria metzneriella
2x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Crambu perlella
1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Teleiodes luculella
1x Nephopterix angustella
1x Rhyacionia pinivorana
3x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Epiblema costipunctana

Epiblema costipunctana

Nephopterix angustella

Trap on the concrete path covered in moss now

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

July Highflyer

Catoptria falsella

Udea ferrugalis

Small Mottled Willow

8 of the 10 Bumper catch of SMW