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

Saturday, 13 June 2009

An Essex Tortricidae rarity.

Endothenia nigricostana

I was merrily weeding my Lavender patch yesterday when I noticed a small micro flittering about that did not ring any bells, I grabbed the camera and went back out but ....o where did it go, eventually I came across it again went to get nearer and it flew off, soon later it settled and I quickly managed a half-decent shot, then I thought i'll just go and grab a pot to get a better picture.....came back and I never saw it again.

The Moth in question is Endothenia nigricostana a rare species for Essex according to The Moths of Essex, last reported in 1982!
I will report this to my County recorder shortly as I am over the moon.

It just shows that you never know what might turn up!


  1. Well done with he Endothenia, Ben. It`s a great feeling when you get something scarce/rare for your county.