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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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Cooler conditions temporarily halts moth emergences

Not a lot in the trap in the middle of last week, with cool windy conditions at night and just a trickle of new species for the year.
During the daytime though it's a completely different story with warm and dry conditions and lots of moths to be found by sweeping and tapping foliage, in fact a few outings have yielded around 30 species during short walks whilst out with work.

During the colder nights i'm still dropping to half the wattage to the standard 125w bulb.

Best Moth was a pristine Lime Hawk-moth which makes it four species of Hawk-moth so far this year.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 116.

Here is last Tuesday and Thursday's new for year species.

Catch Report - 22/05/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Green Carpet 1

Micro Moths 

Anthophila fabriciana 1 (Daytime)
Evergestis forficalis 1
Glyphipterix simpliciella 1 (Daytime)
Psyche casta 1 (Daytime larvae)

Catch Report - 24/05/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w  MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Lime Hawk-moth 1

Lime Hawk-moth

Evergestis forficalis


  1. Superb shots,love the Lime Hawk-Moth.

  2. Thanks John! Moths are starting to appear now finally.