Welcome

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!

KEY

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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Another 'Monstrous May' catch by my garden standards!

An incredible night on Wednesday here in Stevenage, with a warm and muggy day it was perfect for moths, until the sky cleared a bit, but there was some cloud and a moonless night with not a hint of breeze so it ticked most boxes!

Highlight of the night had to be only my second garden record of Obscure Wainscot, and 3 weeks earlier than my previous one near the end of June in 2017. 
It was also a rather large female, it wasn't in the trap, or on the wall of fences...but sitting on top of a spiders web near the outside tap! A lucky find before I rushed off for work.

The second species of Hawk was also found, a mint Poplar.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 112.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 125w MV Robinson Trap

22/05/19

Macro Moths

Common Wainscot 3 [NFY]
Large Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Oak Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Obscure Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Orange Footman 1 [NFY]
Poplar Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Treble Lines 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 4
Chocolate-tip 1
Common Swift 2
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 7 
Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 10
Toadflax Brocade 2 
Turnip Moth 2
Vine's Rustic 1

Micro Moths


Ephestia sp 2 [NFY]
Eulia ministrana 1 [NFY]
Mompha subbistrigella 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes luculella 1 [NFY]
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Syndemis musculana 1 
Tinea trinotella 1 

Common Wainscot

Eulia ministrana

Large Nutmeg

Mompha subbistrigella

Obscure Wainscot

Poplar Hawk-moth

Teleiodes luculella

Treble Lines

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