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

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Catch Report - 17/06/12 - Back Garden/Farmland

A huge catch last night for the conditions! and for this year which has been the worst recording year for moths since I started back in 2008.
Lots of new for year's but highlights were 4 species of Hawk-moth, a second Cochylis molliculana and a pretty Cherry-bark Moth Enarmonia formosana. 

Catch Report - Braughing 17/06/12 - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Eyed Hawk-moth [NFY]
2x Vine's Rustic [NFY] 
1x Common Rustic [NFY] 
2x Mottled Rustic [NFY]
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot [NFY]
2x Straw Dot [NFY]
1x Pine Hawk-moth
3x Dark Arches 
1x White-point
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
2x Cinnabar
3x Angle Shades
2x Common Wainscot
4x Flame
2x Freyer's Pug
2x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Light Emerald
4x Large Nutmeg
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Heart & Dart
2x Scorched Wing
6x Flame Shoulder
7x Ingrailed Clay 
1x Orange Footman 
1x Brown Rustic
1x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Minor sp.
2x Common Pug 
1x Grey-pine Carpet
1x Buff Ermine
2x Snout
3x Double Square-spot
2x Burnished Brass
3x Clouded Silver
44x Common Swift
1x Pale Tussock
3x Ingrailed Clay
1x Common Footman
2x Treble Lines
1x Spectacle
1x Common Wave
3x Ghost Moth 
1x Middle-barred Minor
3x White Ermine 
1x Buff Ermine
18x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Silver-ground Carpet
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot

Micro Moths

1x Epinotia biluna [NFY]
1x Celypha striana [NFY]
2x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Eucosma cana [NFY] 
2x Ephestia parasitella [NFY]

1x Metzneria metzneriella [NFY]
1x Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis [NFY]
1x Cherry-bark Moth Enarmonia formosana [NFY]
2x Cochylimorpha straminea [NFY]
1x Tinea trinotella 
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Aethes smeathmanniana
1x Cochylis molliculana
1x Agapeta hamana
2x Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
19x Celypha lacunana
4x Udea olivalis
2x Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 
2x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
2x Crambus lathoniellus
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Blastobasis laticolella 
1x Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana
2x Scoparia ambigualis  
3x Cnephasia sp. 


Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Mottled Rustic

Freyer's Pug

Cherry-bark Moth Enarmonia formosana

Tinea semifulvella

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

Cochylis molliculana

Ephestia parasitella

Cochylimorpha straminea

Epinotia biluna

Metzneria metzneriella


  1. Looks like I ought to get the trap out again .....

  2. I would! been enjoying your series of Bugs and Beetles though :) superb shots as always.