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

Monday, 24 April 2017

Quiet times ensue

1 of 2 Nematopogon schwarziellus were netted yesterday at Hexton Chalk Pit along with a Phyllonorycter dubitella which was sitting on Willow(until I did a merry dance trying to photograph it), a new species for me.

From the trap this morning, just two moths...a year first stunningly fresh Chocolate-tip and an Epiphyas postvittana.

This week looks dreadful so I will probably go a little quiet now. 

Chocolate-tip











Nematopogon schwarziellus











Phyllonorycter dubitella

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A quick wander

...around the local patch yielded several Butterflies, although most very skittish, you can always rely on a Comma sunning itself!
I took my Emperor Lure (EMP Pheremone) with me and tied it to my bag in the vain hope of trying to attract one of these beautiful day-flying moths...I was unsuccesful and was sure that I was out at the right time and in favourable conditions, perhaps it just isn't around here.

Insect activity was high in the sunshine and particularly around the Apple blossom and Blackthorn blossom with many flies and bees going about their daily routine.

I did find one moth which I netted amongst the scrub. It was Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana, my earliest record of this species.
These can be seperated so I will get this checked out soon.

Back in the garden, I noticed a pupal case of something on the Greater Willowherb and then a species of Mompha that seemed more variegated than the usual common subbistrigella that I get frequently in the garden.
Another one to be checked by Graeme Smith.

Comma













Pupal case













Mompha sp













Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Back to back catches

On Thursday night and last night I ran the trap for a right old mix of moths, unfortunately numbers are still pretty poor here but new species keep the interest and the list increasing.

On Thursday I had 17 moths of 11 species which is pretty good going here, but last night was considerably lower with just 6 moths of 6 species.

And just this afternoon i've added Anthophila fabriciana to the year list, making it 5 new for years over 2 days, hardly disappointing. 

Best moth over the last few days was a pristine Brindled Beauty from this morning, having not seen one in 11 years, I now get two in 2017 and both from the garden! I just love the sporadic ways of mothing at times.


Catch Report - 20/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap – Full cloud cover mild with a minimum of 9c

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades [NFY]
1x Oak-tree Pug [NFY]
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFY] 
3x Brindled Pug
2x Clouded Drab
1x Common Quaker
2x Hebrew Character 
1x Nut-tree Tussock


Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Epiphyas postvittana


Catch Report - 21/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap – Cloudy but clearing then rain early morning, mild at first - min 8c

Macro Moths

1x Garden Carpet [NFY]
1x Brindled Beauty
1x Common Quaker
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x V-Pug


Micro Moths

1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY] - Daytime

Brindled Beauty











Garden Carpet











Oak-tree Pug









Shuttle-shaped Dart












V-Pug

Scrobipalpa acuminatella

Scrobipalpa acuminatella from the garden last week and confirmed my suspicions and dissected by Graeme Smith.

Thanks Graeme!

Micro no.16 for the year.

Scrobipalpa acuminatella

Friday, 21 April 2017

Steady Mothing


Another attempt at some moths yesterday night and under clearing skies it did drop a little temperature wise but there some moths to pot up and photograph which was nice.

Just 5 moths were in and around the trap, 2 of the species though were new for the year.

Also I had a poss Scrobipalpa sp (acuminatella probably, to be gen det) and a Mompha epilobiella in the daytime before setting the trap up, both new for year as well.

It's nearly May and all hell will break loose soon!

Catch Report - 19/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clearing, mild at first - min 6c

Macro Moths

1x Early Thorn [NFY]
1x Muslin Moth [NFY]
3x Common Quaker

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Scrobipalpa sp?










Early Thorn













Muslin Moth













Mompha epilobiella

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Adela reamurella

My annual specimen of Adela reamurella found sunning itself on our bush an hour ago, quite unexpected considering how cold the day has been!



Very slow

A quick update on how poor the moths have been in my garden, with just Red Twin-spot Carpet added to the year list.
The weather has either been windy, cold or both lately with many nights completely clear with a bright moon.
April can be harsh.

Catch Report - 10/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 6c

Macro Moths

1x Common Quaker

Micro Moths

None Recorded!


Catch Report - 11/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 4c

Macro Moths

2x Double-striped Pug
1x Hebrew Character
2x Nut-tree Tussock
 
Micro Moths

1x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla


Catch Report - 13/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 4c

Macro Moths

1x Red Twin-spot Carpet [NFY]
1x Brindled Pug
2x Clouded Drab
1x Common Quaker
1x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

1x Dyseriocrania subpurpurella


Catch Report - 15/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 5c

Macro Moths

1x Common Quaker
5x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana


Catch Report - 17/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 3c

Macro Moths

1x Brindled Pug
2x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Red Twin-spot Carpet











Hebrew Characters