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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Friday, 2 October 2009


I'm primarily a Moth man as you all know, but this got me excited! I was up my Mum and Dad's house sorting my car out today when I noticed an orangey/yellow Butterfly fluttering about the now dead thistles on the farmland.
I managed to net it easily as it seemed quite dopey, it was as fresh as anything and i've never seen one in this Country as close as this...

Now a question i'd like to ask.... is this a migrant or is there a slight possibility that its an offspring and that they have actually successfully breeded in Hertfordshire? the last one I saw was in Hatfield Forest back in June, so they've been around a while now!


  1. I`d go for a migrant, Ben. Rumour as it, that there was a 2nd arrival recently.
    I`ve still not had one, this year.

  2. Cheers Dean, yes apparently they've only managed to breed in Sussex