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!


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

Moths Flying in October

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Garden Catch 22/07/18 - Common by name but not by nature!

Two new for garden species headed the catch on the 22nd of July, both Common Wave (2 examples!) and August Thorn.
The former was expected eventually but it always seems to be the rarer of the two 'white' waves, to get two in the garden on the same night after 6 years was great.

The latter species, August Thorn is a rare moth for me in Herts with just one previous record for me personally, very pleased to add it to my garden list and it pushes my Macro Moth total to 342 for the garden in total.
It is also interestingly only the second moth (After Angle Shades) that i've recorded starting with the letter A.

Jersey Tiger was only the second garden record (This is an extremely common moth in the East of Herts with over 100 being caught in Liz Goodyear's trap several times!). 

The micro's were supplemented by year firsts of Phyllonorycter geniculella and Piniphila bifasciana

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 422.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 22/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

August Thorn [NFG]
Common Wave [NFG]
Jersey Tiger
Square-spot Rustic

Micro Moths

Phyllonorycter geniculella
Piniphila bifasciana

August Thorn

Common Wave

Jersey Tiger

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Piniphila bifasciana

Square-spot Rustic

Square-spot Rustic variation

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Garden Catch 20/07/18 - New for garden Hoary!

A mixed bag of super moths greeted me when I opened the trap up on the 22nd of July... I say the 22nd, the catch was from the 21st as it seems the way to record moths, is by going on the date that it was when you turned your light on (Even though half the night is after 12am and into the next date).
This has been nationally adopted I believe and i've not heard of anyone doing it differently?

As it was a warm night, I swapped over the choke boxes and lit up the 250w Clear bulb.

Highlights were...

Hoary Footman, new for garden! I expected it to turn up soon as it is becoming more frequent i the County in recennt years.

Bordered Pug, a Pug species on the increase here.

Calamotropha paludella which as only the second garden record of this predominantly wetland species.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 416.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 21/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Hoary Footman [NFG]
Bordered Pug
Maple Pug
Small Yellow Wave

Micro Moths

Acleris laterana/comariana
Calamotropha paludella
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Rhopobota naevana

Acleris laterana/comariana

Bordered Pug

Calamotropha paludella

Hoary Footman

Maple Pug

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Rhopobota naevana

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Garden Catch 20/07/18 - Micro's run the show

Micro's ruled the catch on the 20th of July, with no new Macro's added to the garden list at all.

Isotrias rectifasciana was a great moth for the garden list. I did see plenty a few weeks before beating hedgerows, more than i've ever seen before so perhaps it's had a good year.

A very early Acleris cristana was very nice to see, such a pretty little variable moth with many forms. These usually appear in August for my typically. 
Another early species was Ypsolpha scabrella, my earliest by two weeks. 
It's worth bearing in mind that the two species mentioned above can over-winter! 

A pale Phycitodes species was checked by Graeme Smith and confirmed that it was just binaevella, still not a common moth for my garden, this being only my fourth record.

The weather continues to be warm and fine.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 408.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 20/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

No new Macro's for the year!

Micro Moths

Isotrias rectifasciana [NFG]
Acleris cristana
Crambus perlella
Nephopterix angustella
Parachronistis albiceps
Phycitodes binaevella - Gen Det
Ypsolopha scabrella

Acleris cristana

Tuft close-up, incredible really

Crambus perlella f.warringtonellus

Isotrias rectifasciana

Nephopterix angustella

Parachronistis albiceps

Phycitodes binaevella

Ypsolopha scabrella

Garden Catch 19/07/18 - Summer is never-ending

Wow, what another good night. This summer really has been incredible and looking back on the species i've seen, I have been extremely lucky!

Best moth of the night was a garden first Dichrorampha vancouverana, that's two new Dichrorampha species for the garden this year alone, this being my girst ever.
But just as good was a new record for the garden of Scoparia basistrigalis, I had been expecting it to turn up evetually, it's a really large Scoparid and very distinctive if you've seen them before (Which I had commonly already this year at Home Wood). 

Those two additions bring the garden micro list to 325 in 6 years with 19 species added to it during this year up until now.

Two second garden records of Mompha raschkiella and Hedya salicella were most welcome also

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 401.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 19/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Wormwood Pug

Micro Moths

Dichrorampha vancouverana [NEW!] [NFG] 
Scoparia basistrigalis [NFG]
Caloptilia betulicola
Hedya salicella
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Mompha raschkiella

Caloptilia betulicola

Wormwood Pug

Scoparia basistrigalis

Mompha raschkiella

Hypsopygia glaucinalis

Hedya salicella

Dichrorampha vancouverana

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Garden Catch 18/07/18 - Trying to keep up!

An absoluely astonishing list for my garden of 96 species was recorded on the 18th of July, with at least 11 new for year species added to the running yearly total.

Of note were...

The conversaria form of Mottled Beauty, only my 3rd ever.

Acleris emargana, only the second garden record and first seen in 2014!

Argyresthia semitestacella, still an uncommon moth in the County, but seems to turn up in my garden on a near annual basis.

Ectoedemia decentella, tiny and very pretty, not common here.

Best moth of the night, was a tentative Tischeria dodonaea, which will be dissected for confirmation.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 390.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 18/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dusky Thorn
Large Yellow Underwing
Mottled Beauty
Straw Underwing

Micro Moths

Acleris emargana
Agriphila tristella
Argyresthia semitestacella
Ectoedemia decentella
Gracillaria syringella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Helcystogramma rufescens
Tischeria dodonaea (To be gen det and not yet added to year list)

Helcystogramma rufescens

Mottled Beauty f.conversaria

Argyresthia semitestacella

Acleris emergana

Dusky Thorn

Straw Underwing

Ectoedemia decentella

Gypsonoma dealbana

Large Yellow Underwing

Tischeria dodonaea?? possibly..

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Field Trip - 16/07/18 - Ashwell Quarry - North Herts

A fantastic night was had at my local chalk quarry just 15 minutes up the road from me.

The relative remotness and ease of access keep me going back here, and of the 11 trips i've done here over 2 years now i've always come away with at least one new moth for me, that's a blooming good statistic and surely testament to the incredible habitat there.
It is a very unusual location, miles from any substantial woodland, just arable fields as far as the eye can see, it is also fairly elevated which is probably why I do very well for migrants here.

4 traps were set up around the reserve and switched on just in time as the light faded under increasing cloud, it was very balmy indeed but very gusty and traps were positioned out of the wind apart from one which over-looked the breeze coming from the south, hoping to intercept a migrant or two... 

Below where the best species of the night.

Dewick's Plusia was very welcome moth, and my second record this year (After finding a wing in the garden). I believe this is now the 5th record for Herts this year? (At time of going to press!) 1 in Royston (Unknown captor), 1 in my garden, 2 in Andrew Wood's garden over the past week. 

Coleophora conspicuella, 2nd County record for Herts (After the first two nights before in my garden), a rare coastal Coleophora, both probably blown in on the wind and unexpected.

Agriphila selasella, not a common moth in Herts, but it's had a very good year with lots of people adding it to their garden list for the first time (Including mine with a garden first on the 03rd of August).

Cnephasia longana, likes open waste/grassland. My only other records are from my parents farmland, not common for me.

Pediasia contaminella, another good record of an uncommon grass moth.

Plain Pug, my first Herts record of this large distinctive Pug.

Sorhagenia rhamniella, a first for me and the 5th record for Herts. 

Elachista sp, probably bisulcella... rare in Herts, dissection pending but looks good. A first for me.

Nymphula nitidulata, the Beautiful China-mark, a first for me again and what a stunning little moth, my photo desn't do it justice!

BIG thanks to Graeme Smith for providing the dissections.

Below is the full list.

94 Macro and 85 Micro species recorded.

Catch Report - 16/07/18 - Ashwell Quarry - 1x 250w Frosted MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic

Macro Moths

Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown Scallop
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Chinese Character
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common  Rustic
Common Wainscot
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fan Foot
Fen Wainscot
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Grey Dagger 
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Knot Grass
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Least Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Common Rustic - Gen Det (Male)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Light Arches
Lime-speck Pug
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Mouse Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Plain Pug
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Broad-bar
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Pug
Small Blood-vein
Small Emerald
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Scallop
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Tree-lichen Beauty
Turnip Moth
Willow Beauty
Wormwood Pug

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris aspersana
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris variegana
Acompsia cinerella
Acrobasis advenella
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana
Agriphila selasella
Agriphila straminella
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis achatana
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Batia lunaris
blaatibasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Brachmia blandella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Coleophora conspicuella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cnephasia longana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cochylis atricapitana
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista bisulcella to be checked
Endotricha flammealis
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epinotia foenella
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eucsoma cana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Eulamprotes atrella
Euzophera pinguis
Galleria mellonella
helycystogramma rufescens
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Lathronympha strigana
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Monopis crocapitella
Monopis laevigella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nymphula nitidulata
Oegoconia sp
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pammene fasciana
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phyllonorycter leucographella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pyrausta aurata
Recurvaria nanella
Scrobipalpa costella
Sorhagenia rhamniella
Spilonota ocellana
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Syncopacma sp
Teleiodes vulgella
Tinea semifulvella
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha scabrella

Elachista bisulcella to be checked

Plain Pug

Dewick's Plusia

Eulamprotes atrella

Wormwood Pug

Phyllonorycter leucographella

Sorhagenia rhamniella

Nymphula nitidulata

Pediasia contaminella

Phtheochroa inopiana

Coleophora conspicuella

Cnephasia longana

Celypha rosaceana

Argyresthia pruniella

Agriphila selasella

Agonopterix heracliana

Acompsia cinerella

Sea of arable desert

Ashwell Trap Positions

Over-looking the SW breeze