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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Panshanger Park - Field Trip - 18/07/21 - National Moth Week Trip

I made a trip with Colin, Simon, John & Jenny on the 18th to Panshanger Park, my second visit to this huge 1,000 acre site.
This coincided with National Moth Week and boy did we pick a good night to record moths.

The day had been rather warm to say the least (Currently the only heatwave we have experienced so far, last year we had 4 I believe) and at 31 degrees was the hottest day so far of the year, I knew it could be very good for moths as I arrived at a quarter to 8 with 29 degrees still on the car temperatire gauge!

Below is an extract from Colin's email after all 3 of our lists were collated.

''Turns out we did OK – even though we left before dawn.  In spite of the flies in the marsh and meadow areas not to mention me losing the radio unit [happily it was handed in on Thursday and is awaiting my collection], we managed a pretty mean total. If I had not been suffering with my painful feet I would have added another 10 actinic buckets along the main driveway towards the offices, but sadly that was not physically possible. One wonders how many more species that might have generated. As it is, 325 is a pretty good total – and 154 macros is a  record for this generally poor year (though in “the old days” it would have been par for the course). I draw your attention to the high number of tortrix (61 species) which seems remarkable. Also, 11 Coleophora shows the value of bagging them all and not just assuming they are the same few species''.
It was a very hectic night as we all manned the traps and potted anything we were unsure of.
The best moths of the night for me, were two new species. 
Firstly, Cosmopterix pulchrimella and there were two! I believe they are only the 3rd and 4th County records for this expanding species. 
And secondly Lampronia morosa, this moth really confused me as it resembled an Incurvaria species but it has since been dissected and keyed out to be this species!

All in all a really busy night where you didn't know where to look next, the downside though, the flies were bloody unbearable!
Catch Report - Panshanger Park - Hertfordshire - 18/07/21 - 4 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Trap

154 Macro Moth Species and 171 Micro Moth Species  - 354 Species in Total over all recorders.

My personal list is below.

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bird's Wing
Black Arches
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Dot Moth
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Garden Carpet
Ghost Moth
Green Pug
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Black Arches
Least Carpet
Least Carpet
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Brocade
Lime-speck Pug
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Maple Pug
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Peach Blossom
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Round-winged Muslin
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped oak
Scarce Footman
Scarlet Tiger
September Thorn
Shaded Broad-bar
Sharp-angled Carpet
Short-cloaked Moth
Shoulder striped Wainscot
Slender Brindle
Slender Pug
Small Blood-vein
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tree-lichen Beauty
White Ermine
White Point
Willow beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow tail

Micro Moths

Acleris forskalleana
Acleris hastiana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Aethes beatricella
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Alucita hexadactyla
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anania perlucidalis
Anarsia innoxiella
Anthophila fabriciana
Aphomia sociella
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniella
Argyresthia retinella
Argyresthia spinosella
Bactra furfurana
Bactra lancealana sp
Batia lunaris
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha affinis
Calamatropha paludella
Calybites phasianipennella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia genitalana (GEN DET)
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora albitarsella
Coleophora trifolii
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista argentella
Elachista atricomella
Endotricha flammealis
Ephestia sp
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Eucosma campoliliana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Gilmeria pallidactyla
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma aceriana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Lampronia morosa (GEN DET)
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Metalampra italica
Metzneria lapella
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa lucidella
Monochroa palustrellus
Myelois circumvoluta
Notocelia uddmanniana
Nymphula nitidulata
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis heperana
Parachronistis albiceps
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parectopa ononidis
Pediasia contaminella
Pexicopia malvella
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binnaevella (Large)
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Ptycholomoides aeriferana
Recurvaria leucatella
Recurvaria nanella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Scythropia crataegella
Sitochroa verticalis
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Syncopacma sp (TBC GEN DET)
Teleiodes luculella
Tischeria ekebladella
Tortrix viridana
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta padella/mallinellus sp
Yponomeuta rorrella
Zeiraphera isertana

Acleris hastiana

Batia lunaris

Bird's Wing

Cnephasia genitalana - Gen Det

Cochylis dubitana

Coleophora trifolii

Cosmopterix pulchrimella

Lampronia morosa

Limnaecia phragmitella


Parectopa ononidis

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Latest from the garden trap - Stevenage, North Herts

Well the weather really warmed up a week ago, to 31 degrees and the moths were in relative abundance. With this warm weather, it makes it incredibly hard to pot up the moths, and photograph them hence some rather quick pot shots to confirm the record.

Best moths were a single Coleophora conspicuella, which is becoming annual here now, the lovely looking Hedya Salicella, and  gen det confirmed Lesser Common Rustic.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 324.

19/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Black Arches 1 [NFY]
Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Cedestis gysseleniella 1 [NFY] 
Epinotia signatana 1 [NFY]
Hedya salicella 1 [NFY]
Pyralis farinalis 1 [NFY]
20/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Tree-lichen Beauty 3 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Acrobasis suavella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora conspicuella 1 [NFY]

Black Arches

Cedestis gysseleniella

Hedya salicella

Lesser Common Rustic

Coleophora conspicuella

Tree-lichen Beauty

Monday, 26 July 2021

Moths from work last week

I trapped twice last week at work using my Actinic homemade trap and was pleased with a nice variety of moths.
Sadly I don't have time to go through all of them in detail, so i've picked out some of the highlights from last week.

Pempelia genistella was undoubtedly the highlight of the week, a new moth for me and a 3rd record for Hertfordshire.
Other moths that were nice to observe were 6 Jersey Tiger's, White Satin, Plain Pug, Epinotia tedella, Vitula biviella, Nephopterix angustella and a really dark Blastodacna hellerella (which I thought might have been atra but dissection proved otherwise). 
Acleris forsskaleana
Acrobasis suavella
Agriphila straminella
Blastodacna hellerella
Buff Footman
Chinese Character
Coleophora albitarsella
Eana incanana
Epinotia nanana
Gelechia senticetella
Jersey Tiger 
Nephopterix angustella
Pempelia genistella
Plain Pug
Slender Pug
Vitula biviella
White Satin

Acleris forsskaleana

Blastodacna hellerella

Buff Footman

Chinese Character

Epinotia nanana

Gelechia senticetella

Jersey Tiger

Nephopterix angustella

Pempelia genistella

Plain Pug

Vitula biviella

White Satin

Sunday, 25 July 2021

A trio of catch results (16th, 17th & 18th of July) Reprise!

Another collection of catch results from my suburban back garden here in North-east Stevenage. 
It's been a tough year for numbers and species for me, and with ever-increasing competing light sources from neighbour's and street lights on until 1am (Which then come on again at 4, bizzare!) it's not been the most prolific year.
Having said that, what i've lacked in quantity, somehow i've made up in quality as I still continue to add new species to the garden list after 9 years.

Two cracking records came last week, equally as spectacular as each other.

Balsam Carpet, a moth i've recorded once at a local woodland was a big surprise in the garden trap, with no stands of Orange or Himalayan Balsam anywhere nearby, it must have wandered considerably.

And then I checked yet another Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing for Langmaid's, and bingo! A second record for Herts, but no doubt a lot slip through the net unchecked.
If that wasn't enough, a 3rd moth was new for the garden, the clothes moth Tinea bisselliella. This moth was only new for me this year (Having found one where I work at a community centre). 

The garden now has 772 species on the checklist since August 2012.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 313.

16/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Balsam Carpet 1 [NFG]
Flame 1 [NFY]
Pterophorus pentadactyla 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Tinea bisselliella 1 [NFG]
Acrobasis consociella 1 [NFY]
Brotropha affinis 1 [NFY]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]

17/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 1 [NFG]
Pine Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Poplar Grey 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Phyllonorycter geniculella 2 [NFY]
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFY]
18/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Dark Umber 1 [NFY]
September Thorn 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Batrachedra praeangusta 1 [NFY]
Prays fraxinella 1 [NFY] 

Acrobasis consociella

Balsam Carpet

Batrachedra praeangusta

Eudonia mercurella


Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Tinea bisselliella

Udea ferrugalis

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Pempelia genistella - 3rd for Hertfordshire

A 3rd record for Hertfordshire attracted to my Actinic trap I run at work a couple of night's per week.
I went through the trap as normal before work, noted what was in there and potted up a few nice moths, nothing spectacular.
Spin ahead 3 hours and on my tea break I was just packing away the lights next to the trap and I spotted a Pyalid moth walking about in the grass, my goodness a Pempelia! I ran into the tea room (much to the bemusement of my colleagues) to grab a glass tube, ran back out and it was still walking around, just a short distance from where I originally found it, fantastic!

Two tips re-learnt... Always carry a pot on your person, 2 or 3 better, and always check the grass around the trap!

It is a new moth for me and my second Pempelia species after netting a Pempelia palumbella whilst on holiday in Dorset in 2019.
My County recorder was shown the moth and he's 99.9% sure it is of migrant origin.

Pempelia genistella

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

A trio of catch results (11th, 12th & 14th of July)

A few catch results from the start of last week, i'm considering hiring a PA soon at this rate!

The weather remains settled and temperatures are starting to increase during the day, night-time the minmums are ranging between 13 and 15 degrees, apart from last night (15th) which was actually a little on the chilly side and I recorded just under 11 degrees, needless to say I gave the moths a rest.

Best moth was on the 12th, a garden first Round-winged Muslin.

Backed up by two garden rarities, Duponchelia fovealis (my 2nd) and Epagoge grotiana (my 3rd) 
Also a very odd thing happened for the first time this year, I didn't record a first brood Early Thorn, but luckily there was a 2nd brood example sitting in the trap on the 11th. 
Rhyacionia buoliana I haen't seen since 2014.

The POM lure did the business and lured a single Cydia pomonella one evening also.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 295.

11/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Early Thorn 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-foot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Cydia splendana 2 [NFY]
Elachista canapennella 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta rorrella 1 [NFY]

12/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Round-winged Muslin 1 [NFG]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-footed Wave 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Batia lunaris 1 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 1 [NFY]
Eucosma obumbratana 1 [NFY]
Eudemis profundana 2 [NFY]
Hypsopygia glaucinalis 1 [NFY]
Sitochroa verticalis 1 [NFY]

14/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Cloaked Minor 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths

Aglossa pinguinalis 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha terrella 1 [NFY]
Crambus perlella 1 [NFY]
Cydia pomonella (to POM lure in the evening)
Duponchelia fovealis 1 [NFY]
Epagoge grotiana 1 [NFY]
Rhyacionia buoliana 1 [NFY]

Pleuroptya ruralis

Yponomeuta rorrella

Batia lunaris

Eudemis profundana

Round-winged Muslin

Scalloped Oak

Duponchelia fovealis

Rhyacionia buoliana

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Lanmaid's Yellow Underwing - 17/07/21 - New for me

17/07/21 - Langmaid's Yellow Underwing to the home trap here in Stevenage, North Herts. Double checked and confirmed by Len Cooper & Colin Plant. Possibly only the 2nd for the County. I must have checked over 50 here in the last 4 years. New to me also, result! Maybe a migrant or a dispersal specimen from south coast residencies.