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.

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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.

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Two new Micro's for the garden

The trap went on again last night as it was just so tempting to try again after a scorcher of a day with temps of 23 degrees late afternoon.
Again the sky cleared after being cloudy most of the day (much to a Moth'ers frustration!)
The low moon was a bonus though and come this morning at 6am it was kind of 'find the moth' and lots of egg trays had nothing but flies on, but there were a few good ones nestled within the confines of my trap.

Two Eulia ministrana were lovely to see, having never recorded them previously in a garden, the books say that they are generally confined to thick wooded areas, I guess they are feeding from the mature Oaks on the Bridleway.

Rhyacionia pinivorana was also new for the garden.

With Pale Tussock alighting on the window sill and Nutmeg clinging on to the rainshield.....the rest were the usual species that I would expect annually and all sitting in the comfy trap.

All in all a very pleasing night.

Catch Report - 16/05/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Tussock [NFY]
1x Nutmeg [NFY]
1x Muslin Moth
2x Common Pug
1x Heart & Dart
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Chocolate-tip
1x Flame Shoulder
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths 

2x Eulia ministrana [NFG]
1x Rhyacionia pinivorana [NFG]
1x Eurrhypara hortulata [NFY]
1x Epinotia immundana [NFY]
1x Parornix sp [NFY]
1x Syndemis musculana
4x Phyllonorycter harrisella
1x Evergestis forficalis

Eulia ministrana

Rhyacionia pinivorana

Epinotia immundana


Pale Tussock

Eurrhypara hortulata


  1. Hi Ben, great to see you got two new garden species. The Eurrhypara hotulata is a fantastic looking moth and I do like the Pale Tussock's amazing antennae. Good luck with tomorrow's field trip, if you go :-).

  2. Hi Lucy.
    Yep it was a very pleasing night, it's getting even better with last night's catch even more pleasing! Thanks, I think it is just Roger and myself going so far but the weather should be perfet hopefully.
    Take care.