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.

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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Monday night

Well the warm weather did not last, yesterday was much cooler with a biting easterely wind again, the evening was clear and windy and the temperature went down to 4c this morning.
On inspecting the trap and egg trays, there was more than I expected but what lacked in species count was soon to make up for in the shape of a Dotted Chestnut, only my second record of this scarce Moth (having taken 1 last year on the 10th of April to the 40w Actinic) this time attracted to my 160w MBT bulb.
In the half light it looks slightly worn compared to last year's vibrant coloured specimen.
Also an aberrant Early Grey was noted.


Dotted Chestnut

Early Grey

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 12/04/10 - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Dotted Chestnut [NFY]
1x Early Thorn
2x Clouded Drab
3x Small Quaker
22x Common Quaker
6x Hebrew Character
11x Early Grey

Micro Moths

None recorded!


  1. Well done Ben. Dotted Chestnut is on my want to see list.

  2. Nice catch! I've still yet to see one of these.

  3. Thanks Dean & Matt, yes it is a superb Moth, and it's smaller than I always imagine it to be! a little bigger than a small Quaker.