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 here in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Early September Mothing in the garden

It's been a rather slow month with a small trickle of new moths during the first two weeks of September.

The weather has been a little up and down as well, with some windy and wet days, mixed in with some humid and warm sunny days, but cool nights (some dropping as low as 6c here in North Herts).

The big shock was of course the 2nd Herts record of Slender Burnished Brass and not seen since the year 2000! It was a Plusia I needed as well, having seen Scarce Burnished Brass abroad in the past.

An Orange Sallow was also a nice surprise this morning, and a good moth for my garden ad never annual.

Below are all of the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 474.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

03/09/20

1x Slender Burnished Brass

05/09/20

2x Brindled Green

08/09/20

1x Cypress Pug

09/09/20

4x Lunar Underwing 

10/09/20

1x Deep-brown Dart

12/09/20

2x Black Rustic
1x Orange Sallow

Black Rustic

Cypress Pug

Deep-brown Dart

Lunar Underwing

Orange Sallow

Slender Burnished Brass


Saturday, 5 September 2020

August Roundup - Garden report

August, in general was a funny old month. It started average temperature wise in the low to mid 20's and then by the second week we had 5 days of 30+ peaking at around 35 degrees on the 7th.

Night time temperatures were unbearable for sleeping, with at least 7 nights on a trot where the temperature did not drop below 18 degrees, in fact the warmest night was 22.5c on the 11th. 

I cannot remember it being +20c at night for such an extended period of time before.

The catches were rather sporadic and naturally went mad when it was warm, but there was a huge decrease in numbers of common species, in fact new for year species literally dried up at towards the end of August after the hot spell, and I went a full 6 trapping efforts not seeing any new species, this is most unusual.

But, it wasn't all bad. With 6 new species for the garden, pretty darn good after 8 years of trapping here.

We start on the 31st of July, the night before the month of August started.

Below are all of the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 460.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

30/07/20

Barred Hook-tip
Common Wainscot
Flounced Rustic
Least Yellow Underwing
Waved Black
Gelechia senticetella

01/08/20

Gypsy Moth [New Garden Moth no.747]
Mouse Moth
Phoenix
White-point
Agriphila tristella
Epinotia ramella
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phyllonorycter geniculella

02/08/20

Marbled Beauty
Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Bryotropha affinis
Eucosma campoliliana
Pammene regiana

04/08/20

Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella
Ypsolopha sylvella

05/08/20

Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella

06/08/20

Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza

07/08/20

Caloptilia falconipennella [New Garden Moth no.748]

08/08/20

Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Aglossa pinguinalis [New Garden Moth no.749]
Agriphila geniculea
Cedestis gysseleniella [New Garden Moth no.750]
Mompha raschkiella

09/08/20

Clay Triple-lines
Pretty Chalk Carpet [New Garden Moth no.751]
Pyralis farinalis

10/08/20

Oak Processionary
Plain Pug [New Garden Moth no.752]
Argyresthia bonnetella
Epinotia nisella
Pyrausta despicata

12/08/20

Hoary Footman
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Ypsolopha alpella

13/08/20

Orange Swift
Cochylis dubitana
Elophila nymphaeata

15/08/20

Frosted Orange
Agriphila straminella
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cydia amplana
Udea ferrugalis

16/08/20

Currant Pug
Catoptria falsella

20/08/20

Dewick's Plusia

21/08/20

Centre-barred Sallow

22/08/20

Monopis weaverella

Aglossa pinguinalis

Caloptilia falconipennella

Cochylis dubitana

Cydia amplana

Dewick's Plusia

Elophila nymphaeata

Gypsy Moth

Waved Black


 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Catch Report - 29/07/20 - Back Garden

A catch from when the weather was still nice! 

Back on the 29th of July to be precise, a fairly cool day at 21 degrees, but dominant cloud cover blessed us throughout most of the night and with a mean low of 16 degrees, it was a busy one at the trap with 61 species noted.

No new macro moths for the year were noted oddly, but five new species of micro moth made up for it, with Recurvaria nanella the best of the 5.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 406.

Only New For Year Species Reported

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 16c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 29/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


Macro Moths

No new species recorded

Micro Moths

Argyresthia albistria 1 [NFY]
Cochylis molliculana 1 [NFY]
Eucosma cana 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1 [NFY]
Recurvaria nanella 1 [NFY]

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Argyresthia albistria

Cochylis molliculana

Eucosma cana

Recurvaria nanella

Monday, 24 August 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 24/07/20

Exactly a month ago, we made another trip to the fantastic woodland that is Bramfield Woods here in central Herts.

It was a warm one, and a little bit breezy at times but the moths were not complaining and with the muggyness it was quite busy at the more powerful traps, less action was happening at the Actinic though, so they were packed up first.

We ran our lights until around 2am where tiredness got the better of us.

The usual suspects were observed, but the pick had to be not one, but two Dark Crimson Underwings! and both to two different traps that were run by Trevor...narrowly avoiding mine! Once again Trevor rubbed my nose in it (O we had a good laugh at that).

My trump card was to be found in the lower 160w blended trap, a really unusual coloured Large Emerald, an aberration of somekind that wasn't worn and was scale perfect! Never seen a green moth look so odd.
A Caryocolum species needs to be checked as well as a Bryotropha and a Nemapogon variatella /ruricolella, ones for the winter dissections!

Catch Report - 24/07/20 - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 4 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

65 Macro species & 84 Micro species - 149 species in total

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip
Barred Red
Black Arches
Blood vein 
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brown-line Bright-eye 
Brown-tail
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Buff-tip
Clay 
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wave 
Common White Wave
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dun-bar 
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn 
Ear 
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fan-foot
Flame 
Flame Shoulder
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Emerald 
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rivulet 
Rosy Footman
Ruby Tiger
Rustic 
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver Lines
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet 
Small White Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Tawny-barred Angle
Tree-lichen Beauty
Vines Rustic
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

Accentria emphemerella
Acleris forskalleana
Acleris notana 
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Anacampsis populella
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia retinella 
Argyresthia conjugella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Assara terebrella
Athrips mouffetella
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha sp
Bucculatrix bechensteinella
Calomotropha paludella
Caloptila alchimiella
Carcina quercana
Caryocolum sp
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora trifoli
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella 
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epinotia nisella 
Epinotia ramella
Eucosma cana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Exotelia dodecella
Gelechia scotinella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Metalampra italica
Monochroa cytisella
Monochroa palustrella
Nemapogon variatella ruricolella
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter messaniella
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Rhopobota naevana
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Spilonota ocellana
Syncopacma sp
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Yponomeuta evonymella 
Ypsolpha ustella 
Zeiraphera isertana

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Dark Crimson Underwings

Anacampsis populella

Assara terebrella

Black Arches (Female)

Caryocolum sp

Large Emerald aberration

Large Emerald

Nemapogon variatella ruricolella

Rhyacionia pinicolana

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Catch Report - 26/07/20 - Back garden

Another garden trapping effort on the 26th of July.

During the daytime and before setting up the trap my wife spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth whizzing around our Buddleia, a first for the year and not seen since 2017, we've not seen any since unfortunately. In 2017 we had two that would regularly visit at dinnertime everyday for over two weeks!

From the trap in the morning, some nice quality species such as Lychnis, Twin-spotted Wainscot and Lesser-spotted Pinion, all of which are scarce here, particularly the Wainscot with only one previous garden record in 2014!

Two Coleophora are left still to check as well as a tiny Elachista which is probably stabilella.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 401.

Only New For Year Species Reported

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 16c at 4:15am

Catch Report - 26/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


Macro Moths

Buff Footman 1 [NFY]
Copper Underwing 1 [NFY]
Hummingbird Hawk-moth 1 [NFY] (Feeding from Buddleia at 5:30pm)
Lesser-spotted Pinion 1 [NFY]
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Twin-spotted Wainscot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Lathronympha strigana 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia goedartella

Buff Footman

Copper Underwing

Lathronympha strigana

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Lychnis

Twin-spotted Wainscot

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Field Trip - Chippenham Fen - 17/07/20

My last trip out to Chippenham of the year, and after the excitement of the last trip (with the new for Britain Parallel Lines), I wasn't expecting anything that exotic this time!

I did however record a hefty 231 species over 4 lights run from 9:30pm until 2:00am.

The weather was warm and muggy and did not drop below 17 degrees all night.

Several macro moth species were new to me, Goat Moth and Marbled Clover I had only previously seen in France before and the Geometridae moth, the Chevron was completely new for me.

On the micro front Acleris shepherdana & Monochroa lutulentella were also firsts for me.

To see so many moths in the space of  just over 4 hours was incredible.

Below are the results.

Catch Report - 17/07/20 - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 4 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

116 Macro species & 115 Micro species - 231 species in total

Macro Moths

Beautiful Hook-tip
Black Arches
Blackneck 
Bordered Beauty
Bordered Pug
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown Scallop 
Brown-line Bright-eye 
Brown-tail
Buff Ermine
Buff-tip
Bulrush Wainscot
Chevron
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Footman 
Common Rustic 
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Coronet
Coxcomb Prominent
Currant Pug
Dark Arches
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dingy Footman
Dingy Shell
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Lobed 
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Drinker 
Dun-bar 
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn 
Dwarf Cream Wave
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-morh
Engrailed
Fan-foot
Fen Wainscot
Fern
Four-spotted Footman 
Ghost Moth
Goat Moth
Grey Dagger 
Haworth's Pug
Herald
Iron Prominent
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lime-speck Pug
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Lychnis
Maple Pug
Marbled Beauty
Marbled Clover
Marbled White Spot
Mere Wainscot
Miller 
Mottled Beauty
Nutmeg
Nut-tree Tussock
Pale Prominent
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Round-winged Muslin
Ruby Tiger
Rufous Minor
Rustic
Sallow Kitten 
Scalloped Oak 
Scarce Footman
Scarlet Tiger
Shaded Broad-bar
Silver Barred
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Pug 
Small Emerald
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix 
Small Rufous 
Small Scallop
Snout
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tree-lichen Beauty
Uncertain
V-Pug 
White Satin 
Wormwood Pug
Yellow Shell
Yellow-tail 

Micro Moths

Accentria emphemerella
Acleris comariana/laterana
Acleris forskalleana
Acleris hastiana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris kochiella 
Acleris shepherdana
Acleris variegana
Acompsia cinerella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis suavella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix angelicella
Agonopterix ciliella
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella 
Anacampsis blatterialla
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Aphomia sociella
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis adustella
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Caloptila alchimiella
Caloptilia semifascia
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria pinella 
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitrella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis dubitana
Coleophora conspicuella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista stabilella
Elophila nymphaeata
Endothenia ericetana
Endothenia quadrimaculana
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia tenerana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrillella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis pallidata
Gelechia muscosella
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya salicella
Helycystogramma rufescens
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypsopygia costalis
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa lutulentella
Notocelia roborana
Nymphula nitidulata
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pammene aurita
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana
Phtherochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter kleemannella
Phyllonorycter stettinensis
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis 
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pyrausta purpuralis
Rhyacionia buoliana
Schoenobius gigantella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Stathmopoda pedella
Tachystola acroxantha
Teleiodes vulgella
Thiodina subocellana
Tinea pellionella
Tinea trinotella
Yponomeuta cag mal
Yponomeuta evonymella


Schoenobius gigantella

Nymphula nitidulata

Monochroa lutulentella

Marbled Clover

Goat Moth

Chevron

Acleris shepherdana

Acleris hastiana

125w MV Robinson Trap

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Some migrant highlights from last night's field trip

Last night I took my gear to my local woodland, with storms threatening earlier on, by the evening things had settled down and we were in for a warm and muggy session.

I've yet to collate the list but its around 120 species.

Migrant wise, I was expecting something and I was pleased to pot up a single Cydia amplana at the Actinic trap, my 3rd UK record of this species (previous examples in my garden 2014,2019). 

There were also plenty of Silver Y and Plutella xylostella, countless Turnips and also one each of Dark Sword-grass and the first Udea ferrugalis i've seen this year.


Cydia amplana



Sunday, 9 August 2020

You couldn't make this up, honest!

Last night the trap was full of Straw Underwing, 52 of the blighters! Previous years I would just get into double-figures per session at the very most.

Back to the topic..

I've been having issues with numerous cats in our garden, pooping, digging, catching moths, playing with my egg trays and sunbathing in front of the 250 watt bulb!

My brother in law has the same problem and put me onto one of these solar scarers, i've yet to see it work but we will see.

So I was going through my trap and on one tray, well you wouldn't believe it...there was a cat in the trap, this wasn't just any old feline though, it was a Large Tabby and a garden first! One I haven't seen for 10 years, what are the chances of getting a Tabby moth on the same night as installing a Tabby cat deterrent :D

It is the 747th species for my garden.




Saturday, 8 August 2020

Catch Report - 22/07/20 - Back Garden

Another warm night on the 22nd of July with lows of a very respectable 17 degrees and with lashings of cloud cover and no rain, 64 species were noted in and around the trap.

I did expect a few more new for year species that were jotted down, but with one new garden moth and two species that didn't feature in 2019 I was suitably pleased.

Coleophora albitarsella was a new moth for me and my garden, both Dingy Footman & Slender Pug were absent last year and it was great to get both of the common Pyrausta species side by side.

One moth needs double checking, an Ocnerostoma species and proably Ocnerostoma friesei, a moth i've recorded twice before here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 393.

Only New For Year Species Reported

125w MV Robinson Trap min 13c at 4:15am

Catch Report - 22/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


Macro Moths


Dingy Footman 1 [NFY]
Slender Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Coleophora albitarsella 1 [NFG]
Pyrausta purpuralis 1 [NFY]

Coleophora albitarsella
Coleophora albitarsella

Dingy Footman
Ocnerostoma sp


Pyrausta aurata (left) Pyrausta purpuralis (right)

Slender Pug