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, 21 June 2017

The garden keeps on surprising me

Last Friday I ran the trap again after doing very well on Wednesday night. 
The day had been warm and muggy and very little change as we continue to experience settled warm weather touching the low 30's. 
Well upon looking out of the window at 5am on Saturday morning, things looked rather promising indeed.
There were moths absolutely everywhere! And I recorded the most moths that i've recorded so far this year with 91 species in total.

Only my second garden record of Prays fraxinella (last seen in 2013!) despite a small Ash tree in the garden and some mature specimens in the surrounding area....mothing again never fails to surprise me.
Red-necked Footman is now an annual moth for me which is pleasing.

Marbled White Spot was a new moth for my garden, a relatively common moth in Hertfordshire but i've struggled to add it to the garden list taking 5 whole years!
The 2nd new for the garden moth was a micro, Anania perlucidalis...a moth that I use to record regularly in damp habitats typically.

A beautiful Pammene aurana was only my second garden record with my last one being in 2013. 

And finally a Leopard Moth returned again after a 4 year gap.

Catch Report - 16/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Marbled White Spot [NFG]
1x July Highflyer [NFY] 
1x Lackey [NFY]
1x Leopard Moth [NFY]
1x Light Arches [NFY]
1x Poplar Grey [NFY]
1x Red-necked Footman [NFY]
1x Scorched Carpet [NFY]
3x Barred Yellow
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches 
2x Buff-tip 
1x Clouded Brindle 
1x Common Footman 
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
2x Common Wainscot
1x Common White Wave 
2x Dark Arches
1x Dot Moth 
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Double Square-spot 
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth 
2x Fan-foot
1x Flame Shoulder 
1x Green Pug
1x Grey Dagger
1x Green Silver-lines 
1x Heart & Club
20x Heart & Dart
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Marbled Minor
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Privet Hawk-moth 
1x Riband Wave
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Square-spot 
1x Snout
2x Straw Dot
1x Swallow-tailed Moth 
3x Treble Brown Spot
1x Uncertain 
1x V-Pug
6x Willow Beauty
Micro Moths

1x Anania perlucidalis [NFG]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFY]
1x Blastodacna hellerella [NFY] 
1x Emmetia marginea [NFY] 
1x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
1x Gypsonoma dealbana [NFY] 
1x Homoeosoma sinuella [NFY]
1x Pammene aurana [NFY]
1x Paraswammerdamia albicapitella  [NFY]
1x Prays fraxinella [NFY]
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFY]
1x Scythropia crataegella [NFY]
1x Spilonota ocellana [NFY]
1x Teleiodes vulgella [NFY] 
1x Acleris schalleriana
1x Aphomia sociella 
4x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
1x Anania hortulata
1x Argyresthia curvella 
1x Argyresthia spinosella 
2x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella 
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Celypha striana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Crassa unitella
2x Ditula angustiorana
1x Enarmonia formosana
3x Ephestia sp
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Epinotia bilunana
2x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Hedya nubiferana 
2x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Pammene regiana 
13x Scoparia ambigualis
5x Teleiodes luculella
5x Tortrix viridana
4x Udea olivalis

Anania perlucidalis

Crassa unitella

Homoeosoma sinuella


Leopard Moth

Red-necked Footman

Scythropia crataegella

 Spilonota ocellana

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pretty mental

Things just keep getting better and better and the species are really racking up in my garden with this continued heatwave in fact it's been pretty nice for a week now with highs last Wednesday of 25 degrees and a minimum temperature of 15c under clear skies brought the moths out.

19 species were new for the year, a further two were new for the garden and another 2 were (possibly) completely new for me! Breathtaking indeed. 

Two of the species still need genitalia examination for confirmation.

I'll let the list and the photos do the talking.

Catch Report - 14/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Footman [NFY]
1x Barred Yellow [NFY]
1x Blotched Emerald [NFY]
1x Buff Arches [NFY]
1x Burnished Brass [NFY]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
1x Double Square-spot [NFY]
2x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFY]
1x Flame [NFY]
1x Treble Brown Spot [NFY]
1x Fern [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Brown Rustic
1x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Silver
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
2x Common Wainscot
1x Dark Arches
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Fan-foot
1x Garden Carpet
1x Grey Pug
1x Heart & Club
8x Heart & Dart
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Light Emerald
1x Maiden's Blush
2x Marbled Minor
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Mottled Pug
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Orange Footman
2x Riband Wave
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
2x Treble Brown Spot
5x Willow Beauty
1x Uncertain

Micro Moths

1x Caloptilia falconipennella? [NEW!]
2x Sorhagenia sp (pending) [NEW!]
1x Argyresthia curvella [NFG]
1x Ptycholoma lecheana [NFG]
1x Archips podana [NFY]
1x Argyresthia cupressella [NFY]
1x Cnephasia sp [NFY]
1x Crambus pascuella [NFY] 
1x Crassa unitella [NFY]
1x Ditula angustiorana [NFY]
1x Hedya nubiferana [NFY] 
1x Notocelia trimaculana [NFY]
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
2x Anania hortulata
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Celypha lacunana
1x Clepsis consimilana 
2x Ephestia sp 
1x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Eudonia lacustrata 
2x Mompha subbistrigella 
1x Notocelia trimaculana
2x Pandemis cerasana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Teleiodes luculella
2x Tortrix viridana
2x Udea olivalis

Barred Yellow

Blotched Emerald

Argyresthia curvella

Ditula angustiorana

Ptycholoma lecheana

Sorhagenia sp?

Sorhagenia sp?

Caloptilia falconipennella?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Field Trip - Roughdown Common - 13/06/17

I had an eventful trip to Roughdown Common whereby we planned to run as many traps as possible, conditions were absolutely perfect, warm and humid with some cloud cover.
We started the evening setting the first trap up in the field where there were three Cattle, Belted Galloways to be precise.
They greeted us and then seemed to leave us alone for a bit after cleaning the cars with their tongues and having a good old itch on Steve's rear bumper.
We left the field to set up a few more traps and then returned back to the car for more equipment, to our agony the trap had been thoroughly inspected by the cattle and there was slobber all over the trap and they did a mighty fine job of smashing the bulb but it could have been A LOT worse as the fragile plastic collar (the second most important part of the trap after the bulb) was still intact! How on earth it escaped being trodden on I do not know.
Luckily Ian said he would nip back home and grab his spare bulb and we moved the trap through the gate and shut the gate....but they had done their 'investigating' and moved off for the rest of the night down the bottom of the field.

After setting all the traps were set up, the battery operated one was low on juice..another minor set-back as we would only get possibly 2 hours life out of the tracer lithium ion battery.

Things come in three's and of course nothing could be worse than a generator stopping, yep that's what happened...trying to get it started again flooded the spark plug and luckily I could use the spare that I had brought with me.

Onto the moths and boy were we in for a night! The species just kept coming and coming and at one stage I couldn't keep typing the list. 

There are a few to check but best species so far were singles of Obscure Wainscot, Anania perlucidalis, Anarsia innoxiella and two good plume species (one to be checked) Merrifieldia leucodactyla/baliodactylus and Gillmeria pallidactyla.

Thanks to Roger, Steve and Ian for helping out until the small hours, another successful trip with at least 160 species seen! 

Catch Report - 13/06/17 - Roughdown Common - West Herts - 7 traps in total - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 40w Actinic + 15w LED Trap 1x 80w Actinic Trap 2x 20w Wemlite Actinic Trap 1x 15w Actinic Portable Heath Trap
85 Macros & 75 Micros

160 species

Numbers approximate

Macro Moths

Alder Moth 2
Beautiful Hook-tip 6
Blue bordered Carpet 1
Brimstone 4
Broken-barred Carpet 2
Brown Rustic 5
Brown Scallop 2
Buff Ermine 1
Buff-tip 1
Cinnabar 1
Clay 1
Clouded Border 4
Clouded Brindle 1
Clouded Silver 8
Common Carpet 2
Common Marbled Carpet 4
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 3
Common White Wave 2
Coronet 12
Dark Arches 4
Double Square-spot 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Fern 3
Figure of Eighty 2
Flame 3
Flame Shoulder 2
Freyer's Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Ghost Moth 1
Green Carpet 5
Green Pug 5
Green Silver-lines 1
Grey Pug 5
Haworth's Pug 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 10+
Ingrailed Clay 10
July Highflyer 1
Knot Grass 1
Large Nutmeg 4
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Light Arches 1
Light Emerald 5
Lime-speck Pug 2
Maiden's Blush 1
Maple Prominent 2
Marbled White-spot 3
Middle-barred Minor 3
Miller 1
Mottled Beauty 5
Mottled Pug 1
Mottled Rustic 5
Obscure Wainscot 1
Orange Footman 1
Pale Prominent 1
Peppered Moth 2
Poplar Grey 1
Privet Hawk-moth 1
Purple Bar 2
Riband Wave 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
Scorched Wing 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Silver-ground Carpet 2
Small Angle Shades 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Small Fan-foot 2
small Square-spot 1
Small Yellow Wave 1
Snout 2
Straw Dot 10
Swallow Prominent 1
Sycamore 2
Tawny Marbled Minor 2
Treble Lines 3
Turnip Moth 1
Uncertain 3
White Pinion-spotted 1
Wormwood Pug 1

Micro Moths

Agapeta hamana 4
Agapeta zoegana 10
Agonopterix arenella 2
Agonopterix purpurea 1
Aleimma loeflingiana 10
Anania hortulata 3
Anania perlucidalis 1
Anarsia innoxiella 1
Anthophila fabriciana 1
Aphomia sociella 1
Archips podana 2
Archips xylosteana 3
Argyresthia conjugella 2
Argyresthia curvella 2
Blastobasis lacticolella 3
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Bryotropha terrella 5
Caloptilia populetorum 1
Caloptilia robustella alchimiella 2
Caloptilia syringella 1
Celypha lacunana 15
Celypha striana 5
Chrysoteuchia culmella 5
Clepsis consimilana 5
Cnephasia sp 10
Cochylimorpha straminea 5
Cochylis dubitana 2
Cochylis molliculana 1
Crambus lathoniellus 5
Cydia fagiglandana 2
Dichrorampha sp 4
Ditula angustiorana 2
Emmetia marginea 1
Endothenia gentianaeana marginea 2
Epinotia bilunana 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Eucosma cana 10
Eudonia lacustrata 5
Eudonia pallida 3
Eulamprotes unicolorella 5
Eupoecilia angustana 15
Gillmeria pallidactyla 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Gypsonoma sociana 1
Hedya nubiferana 5
Hedya pruniana 5
Homoeosoma sinuella 2
Merrifieldia leucodactyla or baliodactylus 1
Metzneria metzneriella 10+
Mompha ochraceella 1
Mompha subbistrigella 3
Nemophora degeerella 1
Nephopterix angustana 2
Notocelia trimaculana 15+
Notocelia uddmanniana 2
Pammene albuginana 1
Pandemis cerasana 10+
Pandemis cinnamomeana 1
Pandemis heparana 5
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella 1
Parornix sp 1
Phycita roborella 1
Prays fraxinella 2
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 10+
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 5
Scoparia pyralella 10+
Scythropia crataegella 1
Stigmella sp 1
Strophedra weirana 1
Teleiodes luculella 5
Thiotricha subocellea 3
Tinea semifulvella 1
Tortrix viridana 10+
Udea olivalis 3

We may have a problem...


Anania perlucidalis

Anarsia innoxiella

Cochylis molliculana

Pammene albuginana

Obscure Wainscot

Merrifieldia leucodactyla or baliodactylus

Gillmeria pallidactyla