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, 19 November 2017

Last time out on Wednesday

Trapping efforts are becoming fewer and farther between now as the weather becomes increasingly cold and damp, it really isn't worth running any traps if the temperature is set to dip below 5 degrees. Coupled with lots of clear skies recently and a few sharp frosts it signals nearly the end of the trapping season now with just Winter Moth expected.

On Wednesday it was a mild day of around 13 degrees and it didn't really drop from this until probably the early hours of the morning where it was still in double figures. Consequently moths did ventture out and 3 new species for the year were added to the list bringing the total upto 467 for the year and amazingly 44 more than the best year previous in 2014.

Lovely to see a large Female Sprawler, a greasy Dark Chestnut and 3 Red-green Carpet at once is unheard of for my garden.

Late species included a translucent Double-striped Pug and a Blastobasis lacticolella.

Catch Report - 15/11/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Dark Chestnut [NFY]
3x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
1x Sprawler [NFY]
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Blastobasis lacticolella

Dark Chestnut

Double-striped Pug


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A pair of December's

Finally on the best night weather-wise for over a week now here in North Herts, some moths! 1 each of Brick, November Moth and Epiphyas postvittana but best of all was a pair of December Moths. Females are very scarce for me, this being only my third in 11 years. Still no sign of Sprawler which is a regular here usually. I still feel about as groggy as the weather looks at the moment.

December Moth, Male (Left) Female (Right)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

An update on moths in the back garden

Finally got round to posting a few recent catches and highlights.

Best moth last week was a garden first Cydalima perspectalis and only the second example i've seen in this Country (the first being from last year's Herts Moth Group field trip to Rye Meads in August).

Also 2 more Vestal, one on Monday night and one just last night (Which are different specimens which is nice), making it 5 in total for my garden over 5 years.

Not much else to shout about really with Macro's... lots of November Moth aggs with a few to check for either Pale November or Autumnal Moth and a season first of Mottled Umber.

On the Micro front an explosion of Acleris schalleriana with specimens turning up most nights and a high count of 6 on Wednesday night, also lots of Tachystola acroxantha, Emmelina monodactyla, Amblyptilia acanthdactyla and of course Epiphyas postvittana.

What was nice to see was a dinky little Epermenia chaerophyllella, only the second record this year but one that has turned up every year apart from last year. Such an unusual looking species.

The weather has been challenging to say the least. Either warm and windy or cold and clear and some mornings have been as cool as 4c. 

Below are the three catches.
Catch Report - 23/10/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Brick
1x Feathered Thorn
1x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Mottled Umber
7x November Moth
1x Red-line Quaker
1x Vestal
1x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Cydalima perspectalis [NFG]
2x Acleris schalleriana
4x Acleris sparsana
1x Blastobasis adustella
3x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Hypsopygia glaucinalis
4x Tachystola acroxantha

Catch Report - 25/10/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
1x Barred Sallow 
4x Brick
5x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8x November Moth
1x Red-green Carpet
1x Red-line Quaker
3x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

6x Acleris schalleriana
2x Acleris sparsana
1x Epermenia chaerophyllella
3x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Tachystola acroxantha

Catch Report - 28/10/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
5x Brick
1x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
6x November Moth
1x Red-line Quaker
1x Vestal
4x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

2x Acleris schalleriana
1x Acleris sparsana
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
5x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Emmelina monodactyla

Cydalima perspectalis

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Mottled Umber

Vestal pair

Vestal from last night


Sunday, 22 October 2017

The forgotten post!

25 moths of 18 species on the 14th of October, Best of the night (And I thought I nearly missed out on this species this year) my annual one specimen of the Herald.

I remember posting this on the Herts & Middlesex Facebook page but never got round to popping it on my blog or flickr.

So here it is posing nicely on one of our outdoor chairs, a quick phone picture and glad I took it as it was gone by the morning!

The Herald

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Finally something to be pleased about

The last two nights have been ok here in Stevenage with some warmer temperatures at night but still with gusty conditions species and numbers are down slightly on previous years but there really isn't many more moth species i'm expecting this year now with the possibility of 3 or 4.

I continue to swap between Actinic and Mercury Vapor just to see if anything different turns up as a result of a different light source being used.

Storm Brian is raging at the moment which will make trapping difficult for a few nights.

Good luck all!

New Species and species of note for the Garden/Year Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Satellite (19/10/17) - A season first Satellite turned up on Thursday night, a lovely fresh example with the bright orange 'satellite' markings on it's wings. A moth I take at both ends of the year and more commonly in Spring than Autumn from looking at my records.

Turnip Moth (19/10/17) - It had been a few weeks since I last saw a Turnip and so although this specimen was very faded, it was welcome in the trap as it was 'something different'.

Vestal (20/10/17) - Last night I was just taking out the trash (as the Americans put it!) and noticed a pale moth fluttering around the rain guard of the trap, initial feelings was that it might be a Mottled Umber but I turned to grab my net just to make sure and was very pleased to reveal that I was wrong and it was in fact a year first Vestal and the 3rd record for the garden of this species having taken two in the same week in 2013.

Feathered Thorn

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Spruce Carpet

Turnip Moth


Yellow-line Quaker's