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, 23 May 2016

By Day and Night

Yesterday was a gloriously sunny and warm day with a mixture of cloud and clear blue sky.

Whilst enjoying a BBQ round my inlaws I spotted a Esperia sulphurella land on the outside window.

When I got home I did some gardening just before dusk and I noted three species of moth flying around, they were Anthophila fabriciana (1), Cauchas rufimitrella (20+) and Glyphipterix simpliciella (10+).
Two of those species were new for the year.

Also whilst weeding I found an Elephant Hawk-moth pupa lying above he ground, it must be vry close to hatching considering how dark it is.
The rain started just after dark but it didn't come to much and it remained around 11 degrees with complete cloud cover. It did however clear by this morning, and a slight nip in the breeze showed 7 degrees.

Another good haul for this time of year with 5 new for year in the trap this morning.
Not much of note and the usual fair really, best was a Bucculatrix nigricomella which use to be an uncommon moth but seems to be popping up everywhere now and I regularly record a few individuals per year but not in the garden, making it new for the garden list which was nice.
Catch Report - 22/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Mottled Pug [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
1x Garden Carpet
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Pug
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Bucculatrix nigricomella [NFG]
1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY] (daytime)
10+ Glyphipterix simpliciella [NFY] (daytime)  
1x Aphomia sociella [NFY]
1x Notocelia cynosbatella [NFY]
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana
20+ Cauchas rufimitrella
1x Mompha subbistrigella

Bucculatrix nigricomella

Notocelia cynosbatella

Treble Lines

Aphomia sociella

Elephant Hawk-moth Pupa

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