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, 17 September 2017

Last night in the garden

After a wet and cool day yesterday with temperatures struggling to reach 15c and with a minimum of around 7c this morning with a mixture of clear and cloudy spells the moth catch was a bit down on what I had hoped for, given how still the conditions were.

Nevertheless a new species was recorded for the year, and not one but 3 individuals.

Lunar Underwing is quite a variable moth but apart from one being lighter, the other two were near identical and they can be almost sandy coloured in appearance.

Catch Report - 16/09/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

3x Lunar Underwing [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth
13x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing 
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Snout
7x Square-spot Rustic

Micro Moths

1x Amblypilia acanthadactyla
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Lunar Underwing

Lunar Underwing

A slight improvement on Thursday night

I ran the trap on Thursday night as it wasrelatively mild and the predicted temperatures weren't expected to get as low as 6c which it was around the two previous nights.
It was also cloudy and this time of year if it isn't cloudy it just isn't worth bothering in my garden.

14 species braved the night, which did drop down to 8c, and not the minimum of 12c predicted. A reasonable haul and an expected amount as we are shift from late Summer to early Autumn.

On the contrary despite the cool temperatures at the moment, the trap is always worth a punt as it is peak migrant season.

Best moth of the night was a third yearly record of White-point.

Catch Report - 14/09/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

2x Angle Shades 
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing 
1x Light Emerald
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Small Blood-vein
3x Square-spot Rustic
4x Vine's Rustic
1x White-point

Micro Moths

1x Agriphila geniculea
1x Pandemis corylana