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.
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fall Webworm Moth - New to Britain

The Herts County moth recorder Colin Plant confirmed the strange Ermine moth today using various literature at his house and the two Male specimens he had in his collection. My specimen was also compared with spotless White Ermine, pale Buff Ermine and Water Ermine.

It is a first for Britain, a male Fall Webworm Moth Hyphantria cunea distinguished by antennae, all white abdomen with no dorsal spots, no spots on the hindwing, and spines on the tibiae, something the genus Spilosoma doesn't have.

It has been recorded in North America from Canada to Mexico, introduced accidently in Europe in the 1940's and spreading Eastwards into Central Asia, also in Japan in 1945.

The nearest record to here is known from South-West France!

Chuffed to say the least, need to write an article now for the Entomologist record.

Fall Webworm Moth


  1. Congratulations Ben! How exciting. What a great catch! Good luck with the write up ;o)!

  2. Ok Ben, so how are we meant to compete with that! Well done mate, your dedication has paid off. Brilliant.

  3. Thanks Lucy, I am attempting to get my head round it now. Matt...forget the wine race, the wife needs a bottle of Malibu this year for her staying power in putting up with me! Cheers

  4. That one has got to be worth a 100 point bonus in the wine race ... What a cracker !
    Congrats mate

  5. Thanks Trent, bonus points it is :)

  6. Fantastic Ben! Couldn't happen to a more deserving moth-er.

    I'm v chuffed too after seeing my first ever Death's Head Hawk - not in my trap, alas, but hatched from one of FOUR caterpillars and pupae found in August two villages away.

    All warmest wishes, Martin

  7. Impressive find Ben, and there was me thinking I had best Herts Moth of 2014. I stand corrected. A hard record to equal in a lifetimes recording, a new UK macro..... Us mere mortals can only dream :-)

  8. Thanks Martin and Graeme, very lucky indeed. Colin still has the moth, so next time you are round Graeme he will probably show you it.
    Maybe we can bring both our rare specimens to the Herts moth AGM?
    That and Andrews new Tortrix to science, Herts has had a bumper year!

  9. I could also bring Jono's 1409a Diaphania perspectalis, another new for Herts, that resides under my roof. Currently working my way through this years scaleless wonders, should be finished in time for the first Spring moths!

  10. Just had one of these in the house in Hertford!