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

Monday, 26 July 2010

Back on track with my first field trip since moving home.
Completely overwhelmed by stinging things in the form of 60+ Wasps and 12 Hornets, so I had to abandon the trap in the end, but only after identifying some interesting species, notably a new species for me, 3 Small Rufous.
Also around the trap were 5 Tree-lichen Beauties! they surely must be breeding within the woodland, a good local species that was very rare only a few years ago.
Of note was the amount of Black Arches & September Thorn, 37 and 29 examples respectively.

Anacampsis blattariella was also a new Micro Moth for me.

Still have 3 micro's to id if anyone can help.

Edit, now id'd, two new species added to site!


Tree-lichen Beauty (all varying in pattern)

Small Rufous

Anacampsis blattariella

Batia unitella

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

Eudemis profundana

Catch Report - Parndon Wood - 25/07/10 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Traps

Macro Moths

3x Small Rufous [NFS]
5x Tree-lichen Beauty [NFS]
37x Black Arches
29x September Thorn
3x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Rustic
3x Brown-tail
2x Yellow-tail
12x Dun-bar
2x Silver-Y
6x Dark Arches
1x Peppered Moth
4x Uncertain
1x Oak Hook-tip
2x Smoky Wainscot
6x Common Rustic
2x Pale Prominent
2x Drinker
2x Buff Ermine
3x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Ruby Tiger
4x Flame Shoulder
2x Clay
1x Cloaked Minor
3x Marbled Minor
1x Iron Prominent
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Scarce Footman

Micro Moths

1x Batia unitella [NFS]
1x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana [NFS]
3x Anacampsis blattariella [NFS]
1x Eudemis profundana
1x Calamotropha paludella
6x Pempelia formosa
5x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Epagoge grotiana
4x Endotricha flammealis
2x Cydia splendana
14x Chrysoteuchia culmella


  1. Hi Ben,

    Looks like Batia Unitella (642) to me- luckily this is a bit of a specialty in my garden-
    have a look and see what you think?


  2. Oh! there's 3! My comment is for the top 1, I don't know the others.