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

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Two cracking recent catches

Hello all.
I have been a bit lazy this last week and haven't posted my recent catches from Wednesday night and Friday night, and boy were they pleasing catches indeed.
The weather has been dire lately with heavy rain during the day and night but still pretty warm with daytime temperatures up to 23 degrees and lows of 14, the moths didn't seem to mind the rain deluge that we've had.

We even seemed to escape all of these dreadful electrical storms that other people around the Country have been experiencing.

There were 9 new species from Wednesday night and 16! new species found on Friday night.

Good species included Satin Beauty and Strophedra sp, which will be dissected. Gothic was a new addition to my garden list.
It was also great to see Lobster Moth again after a two year absense.

This will be my last post for a week as I jet off for a mothing adventure to Southern France. I may have time to post some of my catches from there as the week progresses, really looking forward to it and I have a target of seeing 300 species in 5 nights.

Catch Report - 22/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Beautiful Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Buff Arches 1 [NFY]
Freyer's Pug 2 [NFY]
Satin Beauty 1 [NFY]
Brimstone 1
Clouded Border 1
Clouded Silver 1
Common Pug 3
Common Swift 2
Common Wainscot 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Garden Carpet 4
Green Pug 3
Green Silver-lines 2
Grey Pug 2
Heart & Club 2
Heart & Dart 12
Ingrailed Clay 2
Large Nutmeg 3
Marbled Minor 1
Mottled Rustic 4
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Silver-Y 1
Snout 1
Straw Dot 1
Treble Brown Spot 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths

Strophedra sp 1 [NFG]
Ephestia parasitella sp 1 [NFY]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]
Oegoconia sp 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes vulgella 1 [NFY] 
Aphomia sociella 1
Aleimma loeflingiana 2
Celypha lacunana 3
Celypha striana 4
Coleophora sp 1
Crambus lathoniellus 6
Hedya pruniana 2
Pandemis cerasana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 6
Tortrix viridana 5
Udea olivalis 2

Catch Report - 24/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Gothic [NFG]
Beautiful Golden-Y 1 [NFY]
Buff-tip 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 2 [NFY]
Burnished Brass 2 [NFY] 
Clouded Brindle 1 [NFY] 
Common White Wave 2 [NFY]
Elephant Hawk-moth 2 [NFY]
Fern 1 [NFY]
Lobster Moth 1 [NFY]
Beautiful Hook-tip 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brimstone 1
Brown Rustic 1
Clouded Border 2
Common Footman 1
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Common Pug 2
Common Wainscot 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 2
Green Silver-lines 1
Grey Pug 1
Heart & Club 3
Heart & Dart 6
Ingrailed Clay 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Mottled Beauty 3
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Rustic 3
Mottled Pug 1
Pale Tussock 1
Riband Wave 2
Scorched Wing 1
Silver-Y 2
Snout 1
Straw Dot 2
Treble Brown Spot 2
Treble-lines 1
Uncertain 3
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths

Argyresthia cupressella 1 [NFY]
Endothenia gentianaeana 1 [NFY]
Eudonia pallida 1 [NFY]
Lozotaenia forsterana 2 [NFY]
Lyonetia clerkella 1 [NFY] 
Zeiraphera isertana 1 [NFY]
Aphomia sociella 2
Aleimma loeflingiana 1
Argyresthia spinosella 1
Celypha lacunana 1
Celypha striana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 7
Crambus lathoniellus 2
Crambus perlella 1
Eudonia lacustrata 3
Hedya nubiferana 2
Hedya pruniana 1
Scoparia ambigualis 3
Tortrix viridana 2
Udea olivalis 1

Satin Beauty


Beautiful Golden-Y

Buff Arches

Burnished Brass

Yellow Shell

Eudonia mercurella

Teleiodes vulgella

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Field Trip - Roughdown Common Again! - 21-06-16

On Tuesday night I was joined by David and Roger at Roughdown Common for our third visit to this site this year.
I arrived on site quite early and planned to do some netting before setting all of the traps up.
We had access to the reserve up a slight incline and because on Monday morning it rained solidly for most of the morning, it was a slippy upward slope that the car disagreed with! Spinning and slipping I managed to get up with just the engine power and no throttle (Diesels are great for this)

I'm glad I got there early as I added 12 species in around 40 minutes of 'exercise' best moth was an Epinotia tenerana.

I also got plagued by clegs as soon as I got out of the car, I thought sod this...so I got some of my citronella spray that I bought from Turkey about 8 years ago! I bought about 5 bottles back then and this is my last (full) bottle..the stuff worked instantly and I never aw another one afterwards.

The traps were all set-up at around 9pm and lights on at 9.40pm, we ran a total of six lights across the site covering all different areas.
The weather was just perfect, thick dominant cloud cover, little wind and 17 degrees.
Things did get a little chillier at packing up time at 2am and the breeze kicked up a bit.

129 species was not to be sniffed at but we've done a lot better this time of year in the past.. echoing the continuation of a poor year.

Best Moth was a Garden Dart, a really uncommon and terribly declining moth which use to be an annual moth on most people's records in the 1970's..now well this only my second record in 10 years and my first Hertfordshire record.
Another moth of note was the micro moth Thiotricha subocellea, another rare moth for the County, two were recorded on the night, only my 2nd and 3rd records ever.

All in all a pleasing night with the guys. 
Catch Report - 21/06/16 - Roughdown Common - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 26w & 40w Actinic Trap  1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap and 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap
128 Species in total

Macro Moths -74 Species

Beautiful Golden-Y 1
Beautiful Hook-tip 5
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Brimstone Moth 3
Broken-barred Carpet 2
Brown Rustic 6
Buff Arches 1
Buff-tip 1
Burnished Brass 1
Clouded Border 2
Clouded Brindle 1
Clouded Silver 30+
Common Marbled Carpet 8
Common Pug 4
Common Swift 10
Common White Wave 1
Coronet 3
Dark Arches 1
Dot Moth 1
Double Square-spot 3
Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Fan-foot 2
Fern 3
Flame 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 1
Garden Dart 1
Ghost Moth 3
Green Carpet 2
Green Pug 4
Grey Pug 2
Haworth's Pug 2
Heart & Club 2
Heart & Dart 15+
Ingrailed Clay 5
Large Nutmeg 1
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Least Black Arches 1
Light Arches 1 
Light Brocade 1
Light Emerald 3
Lime Hawk-moth 2
Lobster Moth 1
Marbled Minor 5
Marbled White Spot
Middle-barred Minor 1
Mottled Beauty 6
Mottled Pug 1
Mottled Rustic 1
Orange Footman 2
Peppered Moth 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Pretty Chalk Carpet 3
Privet Hawk-moth 2
Purple Bar 2
Riband Wave 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shears 3
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 2
Silver-ground Carpet 4
Small Fan-foot 4
Small Yellow Wave 2
Snout 2
Spectacle 1
Straw Dot 2
Tawny Marbled Minor 1
Treble Brown Spot 2
Treble Lines 1
Uncertain 2
White Ermine 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 2

Micro Moths - 55 Species

Acentria ephemerella 1
Agapeta hamana 5
Agapeta zoegana 3
Agonopterix arenella 2
Agonopterix purpurea 1
Aleimma loeflingiana 3
Alucita hexadactyla 1
Anania hortulata 2
Aphomia sociella 2
Archips xylosteana 1
Argyresthia spinosella 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 2
Bryotropha terrella 15+
Celypha lacunana 5
Chrysoteuchia culmella 15+
Coleophora sp 1
Cnephasia sp 4
Cochylimorpha straminea 2
Crambus lathoniellus 10+
Crambus pascuella 1
Crambus perlella 1
Cydia pomonella 2
Dichrorampha aplinana 1
Ditula angustiorana 1
Epinotia bilunana 4
Epinotia tenerana 1
Elachista argentella 1
Eucosma cana 2
Eucosma obumbratana 1
Eudonia lacustrata 2
Eulamprotes unicolorella 2
Gypsonoma dealbana 1
Hedya nubiferana 2
Hedya pruniana 5
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Metzneria metzneriella 3
Mompha epilobiella 1
Morophaga choragella 1
Notocelia trimaculana 2
Notocelia uddmanniana 1
Pandemis cerasana 10
Pandemis heparana 5
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1
Parornix sp 1
Plutella xylostella 10+
Prays fraxinella 2
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 4
Psyche casta - Case
Scoparia ambigualis 6+
Scoparia pyralella 4
Stenoptilia pterodactyla 1
Teleiodes luculella 2
Tinea semifulvella 2
Thiotricha subocellea 2
Tortrix viridana 15+
Udea olivalis 5+
Garden Dart

Straw Dot

Thiotricha subocellea

Eulamprotes unicolorella

Epinotia tenerana

Bryotropha terrella

Agonopterix purpurea

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Well I won't top this anytime soon...19 NFY in one night

On Monday night I set the trap up as usual and switched the light on at around 9.30pm, Summer solstice was nearly upon us and the weather lately has improved with warm days but most importantly warm evenings and Monday evening was no different.
The morning came in a blink of an eye and seeing moths on our french door I knew there was going to be a good catch awaiting me with 19, yes 19! New for year moths.
I can't remember the last time I had that many new ones in one sitting.

Best moth of the night was a single Lychnis, only my second garden record, the first was in 2013 and not a common moth from my records in 10 years.

Catch Report - 20/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Clouded Silver 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1 [NFY]
Fan-foot 1 [NFY]
Green Silver-lines 1 [NFY]
Heart & Club 1 [NFY]
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-foot 1 [NFY]
Small Square-spot 1 [NFY]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Snout 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 1
Clouded Border 2
Common Pug 2
Common Swift 3
Common Wainscot 1
Dark Arches 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 6
Grey Pug 1
Heart & Dart 16
Ingrailed Clay 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Rustic 2
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Silver-Y 2
Spectacle 1
Straw Dot 1
Treble Brown Spot 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 2

Micro Moths

Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Aphelia paleana 1 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 1 [NFY] 
Dichrorampha alpinana 1 [NFY]
Eulia ministrana 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma dealbana 1 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Celypha striana 2 
Chrysoteuchia culmella 6
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Eurrhypara hortulata 1
Mompha epilobiella 1
Parornix sp 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 3
Tortrix viridana 7


Small Dusty Wave

Smoky Wainscot


Gypsonoma dealbana

Aleimma loeflingiana