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

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Field Trip - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/07/17

Below are the moths Trevor and myself recorded at Hexton Chalk Pit last Tuesday night.

74 Macros and 69 Micros (143 species in total) was a pleasing haul of species packing up at around 1am when the wind got up a bit, I presume that if we stayed later we would have added more.

The night was warm and relatively muggy with increasing cloud cover as the lights were switched on. At leaving time at 2am it was still 15 degrees.

Stand-out species were of course a fresh Annulet, only the second modern record, and also at least 8 examples of Teleiodes sequax, a Rock-rose feeding species and probably to be expected, again a rare moth for the County and probably confined to Chalk Grassland.

A single slightly worn Delplanqueia was kept for checking for either dilutella or inscriptella.

Acleris aspersana were absolutely everywhere and easily numbered 30+

Sitochroa palealis was also a first for me, and another Pyralid that seems to be confined to Hexton Chalk Pit in the County Paratalanta hyalinalis was recorded once again with 4 individuals.

All in all a pleasing effort and 4 new moths for me.

List below

Macro Moths
Barred Hook-tip
Barred Rivulet
Black Arches
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Footman
Burnet Companion
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Rustic
Copper Underwing
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Dwarf Cream Wave
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Grey Dagger
Haworth's Pug
July Highflyer
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Lime-speck Pug
Maple Pug
Mottled Beauty
Mouse Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Poplar Grey
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Purple Bar
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Minor
Royal Mantle
Ruby Tiger
Scarce Footman
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Purple-barred
Small Scallop
Small Waved Umber
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Treble Brown Spot
White Satin
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Wood Carpet
Yellow shell
Micro Moths
Acentria ephemerella     
Acleris aspersana            
Acleris forsskaleana       
Acompsia schmidtiellus 
Acrobasis advenella        
Aethes cnicana 
Agapeta hamana             
Agapeta zoegana            
Agonopterix arenella     
Agonopterix kaekeritziana           
Agonopterix pallorella   
Agonopterix purpurea    
Agriphila straminella      
Agriphila tristella             
Anania hortulata             
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria       
Argyresthia goedartella 
Aspilapteryx tringipennella          
Batia lunaris       
Blastobasis adustella      
Blastobasis lacticolella   
Bryotropha terrella         
Calamotropha paludella
Carcina quercana            
Catoptria pinella              
Celypha lacunana            
Chrysoteuchia culmella 
Cnephasia sp     
Cochylimorpha straminea            
Cochylis hybridella          
Crassa unitella   
Cydia fagiglandana         
Cydia pomonella             
Cydia splendana              
Delplanqueia dilutella inscriptella             
Emmelina monodactlya
Endothenia sp   
Endotricha flammealis   
Eucosma cana   
Eucosma conterminana 
Eucosma hohenwartiana              
Eudonia lacustrata          
Eulamprotes atrella        
Euzophera pinguis           
Hypsopygia costalis        
Mompha raschkiella       
Monopis weaverella       
Oncocera semirubella    
Pammene aurita             
Pandemis corylana         
Pandemis heparana
Paratalanta hyalinalis        
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella             
Phycita roborella             
Phycitodes binaevella    
Pleuroptya ruralis           
Plutella xylostella            
Prays fraxinella 
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta nigrata              
Pyrausta purpuralis         
Rhopobota naevana       
Scrobipalpa costella       
Scrobipalpa sp (to check)             
Sitochroa palealis            
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Syncopacma sp 
Teleiodes sequax
Paratalanta hyalinalis


Teleiodes sequax

Sitochroa palealis

Agonopterix kaekeritziana

Acompsia schmidtiellus

Acleris aspersana pair

Oncocera semirubella

Phycita roborella

Cochylimorpha sp

Delplanqueia dilutella inscriptella

Monday, 31 July 2017

4 days of mothing and a change of weather

I've been pretty lazy lately updating my blog and so here is a combined list of moths including all of the new for year species since the 22nd of July until the 30th.
In the time I trapped 4 times and each time the catch has got slightly lower each time.
This slow down I usually expect to see at the end of August, but with species such as Square-spot Rustic, Rosy Rustic and Straw Underwing it kind of feels like that time of year already.

Some great new moths for the year last week including the rarely seen Nutmeg (with just 3 records now for the garden and last seen in 2014).
Nutmeg is a strange one for me. It seems to have poor years for about 5 or 6 consecutive years then an explosion happens like in 2012 where I trapped no less than 220 over two traps on the farm at Braughing Friars. 
Also Ypsolopha scabrella, which was a garden first in 2013 returned after a four year absence and not just one but 4 over the week and all different specimens as they were potted up.

Udea ferrugalis was recorded as well, a migrant that has turned up for the last 5 years running and my earliest garden record by 29 days, I actually caught two of them on different nights which was pleasing.

Last week saw a spurt of migrants with a year first Nomophila noctuella also recorded and no less than 35 Silver-Y's over the week.

Unbelievably I missed out on Copper Underwing last year, a common moth and which was a year first on the 28th of July.

But saving the best until last was a new Macro Moth for the garden and a truly un-welcome visitor if you work for DEFRA, the Oak Processionary Moth. Really pleased to trap this presumed wanderer from it's stronghold population in the Thames Valley and in many districts of London.
Unfortunately, it was in a pretty dire state but it still counts and I believe only the second record for Hertfordshire.

The year list now sits on 414 species with the year totals so far being 
2016 - [372] 2015 - [401] 2014 - [423] 2013 - [385] 

So I need 9 species to level with the best year in 2014, that should be easily attainable with about 20 common species 'expected' to turn up before the year ends.

That is all for now... back to trapping for me.

Catch Report - 22/07/17 to 30/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Oak Processionary [NEW!] 
3x Copper Underwing [NFY]
1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFY] 
1x Nutmeg [NFY]
1x Straw Underwing [NFY]
1x White-spotted Pug [NFY]
1x Blood-vein
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
76x Common Rustic
2x Common Wainscot
2x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Footman
1x Dot Moth
5x Double-striped Pug
3x Dun-bar
1x July Highflyer
1x Knot Grass
5x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Lychnis 
1x Maiden's Blush 
5x Maple Pug
5x Mottled Beauty
8x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pale Prominent 
1x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
10x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
5x Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
5x Shuttle-shaped Dart
35x Silver-Y
1x Small Waved Umber 
1x Smoky Wainscot 
4x Straw Dot
1x Tree-lichen Beauty
3x Turnip Moth
3x Uncertain
2x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Catoptria pinella [NFY]
1x Epinotia tenerana [ NFY]
1x Hypatima rhomboidella [NFY] 
1x Nomophila noctuella [NFY] 
1x Phyllonorycter geniculella [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter messaniella [NFY]
2x Udea ferrugalis [NFY]
4x Ypsolopha scabrella [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana 
2x Acrobasis advenella 
5x Acrobasis suavella
3x Agriphila tristella
45x Agriphila straminella
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
4x Argyresthia albistria 
45x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bucculatrix ulmella
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Coleophora sp
2x Cydia fagiglandana 
2x Cydia pomonella
2x Cydia splendana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella 
4x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Endotricha flammealis
1x Epiphyas postvittana
35x Eudonia lacustrata
30x Eudonia mercurella
2x Evergestis forficalis  
1x Lyonetia clerkella
4x Pammene aurita
1x Pammene fasciana 
1x Pandemis corylana 
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
45x Pleuroptya ruralis
15x Spilonota ocellana
4x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Ypsolopha sequella 

Cydia fagiglandana

Epinotia tenerana

Hypatima rhomboidella

July Highflyer

Nomophila noctuella


Oak Processionary

Peppered Moth

Turnip Moth

Udea ferrugalis

Ypsolopha scabrella