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 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!

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

Saturday, 27 May 2017

A huge catch headed by a new for County!



Well I thought Tuesday night was good for moth numbers...the next night on Wednesday blew that one out of the water completely! With no less than 44 species recorded and 16 new for the year species and one new for me and the garden.

The weather was warm again and up to 26 degrees in the daytime and not dropping below 16 degrees here in North Herts despite another clear night.

Something special that caught my eye was sitting on the top egg tray underneath the collar of the trap. It was a Pammene and I instantly said to myself 'flipping ell that's trauniana' having recently seen someone else catch one on social media. The moth was whisked over to Graeme for a second opinion and dissection just to be sure, it is indeed Pammene trauniana and new to the County of Hertfordshire!
Two rare Pammene's in just over a week (after last Tuesday's Pammene ignorata) is incredible and i'll be happy with this being my best moth of 2017 for the garden.

We do have a few small Field Maple trees about 400 metres from our house of which this moth feeds upon. 

Other bits of interest were a great big fat female Pale Tussock, the first time i've recorded a female in my garden trap and uncommon species for my garden such as Scorched Wing and
Teleiodes luculella.

Catch Report - 24/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brown Rustic [NFY] 
2x Common Wainscot [NFY]
1x Green Pug [NFY]
1x Ingrailed Clay [NFY] 
1x Peppered Moth [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty [NFY]
1x Scorched Wing [NFY]
1x Snout [NFY]
1x Tawny Marbled Minor [NFY] 
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Common Pug
1`x Common Swift
4x Flame Shoulder 
1x Garden Carpet
1x Green Carpet
6x Heart & Dart
3x Large Nutmeg
1x Light Emerald
1x Maiden's Blush
3x Mottled Pug
2x Orange Footman 
1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Pale Tussock
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
6x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Waved Umber

Micro Moths

1x Pammene trauniana [NEW!]
1x Cydia pomonella [NFY]
1x Eudonia pallida [NFY] 
1x Evergestis forficalis [NFY] 
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
1x Scoparia ambigualis [NFY]
1x Stigmella sp (prob aurella) [NFY]
1x Teleiodes luculella [NFY]
3x Celypha lacunana
15x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Eulia ministrana
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella 
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Syndemis musculana


Green Pug











Pammene trauniana











Pale Tussock











Ingrailed Clay













Eudonia pallida













Teleiodes luculella













Cydia pomonella











Brown Rustic













Pyrausta aurata
 

Things just get better and better

After Monday night's successful field trip, it was back to the trusty old garden and it wasn't a bad catch at all.
Almost all of the night's recently have been clear but warm (up to 25 degrees daytime)  with no moon and with little wind, it hasn't hampered things too much at all in fact my catches are slightly above average to what I normally expect this time of year.

There was a mini explosion of Epiphyas posvittana the Australian adventive that has well and truly taken over this Country, and there's a new(ish) kid on the block that could go the same way soon. 2 year first Tachystola acroxantha, a regular Aussie in my garden now.

Syndemis musculana also reappeared after a year's absence. 

Another 9 new for year's was most welcome!

Catch Report - 23/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Nutmeg [NFY]
2x Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Small Waved Umber [NFY]
1x Yellow-barred Brindle [NFY] 
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Dart
1x Mottled Pug
1x Orange Footman
1x Pale Tussock
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFY]
1x Endrosis sarcitrella [NFY]
1x Eulia ministrana [NFY]
1x Syndemis musculana [NFY]
2x Tachystola acroxantha [NFY]
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Caloptilia robustella/alchimiella
14x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Notocelia cynosbatella

Eulia ministrana











Large Nutmeg













Marbled Minor

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Field Trip - Ashwell Quarry - 22/05/17

On Monday night and after a really warm day peaking at around 25 degrees, it was off to Ashwell Quarry with traps in tow.

Trevor and myself set about setting up all of the lights spread across the reserve covering nearly all of it.
We did a little bit of 'dusking' before it was time to switch the lights on and turned up a few micros, notably Cauchas fibulella (Is this moth on every patch of Germander Speedwell in the County of does it just favour chalky areas where the plant seems to flourish?).

The night started well and we had a bit of cloud cover to boot, but that did disappear eventually to leave a large clear sky and a slight drop in temperature to 13 degrees by 2am.
The thing that did hamper us slightly was the fact that the wind got up a bit as the night went on.

It was good to get Netted Pug which is still a scarce moth in the County and cracking to look at, also Trevor saw his first ever Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, a pretty little tortrix moth.

Also a Geometer had us really stumped. To Trevor's trap we potted up a dark grey Emerald looking species, which after much searching of books and the web I finally settled on the rare 'nigra' form of Blood-vein, minus the vein marking and with a hint of 'blood' along the fringe of the forewings

There a few outstanding specimens to be gen det, a Cochylis species and a Scrobipalpa species.

Generally numbers were a little down on what we had hoped and we didn't quite get to the target of 100 species but nevertheless some good fresh specimens were observed and it was a pleasure to just get out there and give it a go!


Catch Report - 22/05/17 - Ashwell Quarry - North-west Herts - 8 traps in total - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 40w Actinic + 15w LED Trap 1x 5w LED Trap Uva/uvb Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap
 
92 species

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 
Blood-vein
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic 
Common Pug
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet 
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Garden Carpet 
Green Carpet
Grey-pine Carpet
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Light Brocade 
Light Emerald
Lime-speck Pug
Marbled Minor
Mottled Pug
Netted Pug
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Footman
Pale Tussock
Poplar Grey
Purple Bar
Red-green Carpet
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Sandy Carpet
Scorched Carpet
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver-ground Carpet
Silver-Y
Small Fan-foot
Small Square-spot
Small Waved Umber
Snout
Spectacle
Treble Lines
V-Pug
Waved Umber
White Ermine 
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Yellow-barred Brindle
 
Micro Moths

Aethes smeathmanniana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix arenella
Aphomia sociella
Argyresthia trifasciata
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Cauchas fibulella (Swept from Germander Speedwell)
Celypha lacunana
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cochylis atricapitana
Coleophora sp
Crambus lathoniellus 
Depressaria radiella 
Dichrorampha alpinana
Elachista argentella
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epiblema cirsiana/sticticana
Epiphyas postvittana
Esperia sulphurella
Evergestis forficalis
Glyphipterix simpliciella
Hedya pruniana
Homoeosoma sinuella 
Monopis crocicapitella
Monopis laevigella
Monopis weaverella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Nematopogon schwarziellus
Notocelia cynosbatella 
Notocelia trimaculana
Plutella xylostella 
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 
Scrobipalpa costella
Scrobipalpa sp - to be gen det
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella 
Syndemis musculana
Tinea semifulvella
Udea olivalis

Lime-speck Pug











Blood-vein f.nigra









 
Aethes smeathmanniana













Cochylis atricapitana










Nemapogon cloacella










Monopis crocicapitella











Cochylis sp











Notocelia trimaculana











Oak Hook-tip











Scrobipalpa costella













Tinea semifulvella










Scrobipalpa sp