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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Thursday, 12 May 2011

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Wednesday night

Had a terrific night at Parndon Wood last night with 2 possibly 3 new species for me, also my second sighting of Poplar Lutestring, an extremely local moth and one I had a lttle later on in the year in 2010. This still is the only site where I have recorded this moth.

It was nice to see 2 Ptycholoma lecheana, a very striking species of Tortricidae

The weather was indeed against me again, with clearing skies and a drop from 14c last night at 10pm to 7c this morning, again this probably affected the numbers.

11/05/11 - Parndon Wood - 125w MV Robinson Trap + 22w hanging Actinic with vertical and horizontal white sheets.

Macro Moths

1x Poplar Lutestring
4x Green Silver-lines

12x Pale Tussock
13x Orange Footman
6x Pale Oak Beauty
2x Light Emerald

6x Brindled White-spot
2x Scorched Carpet
4x Scorched Wing

1x Common White Wave
1x Treble Lines
1x Knot Grass
1x Mottled Pug
14x Common Swift
1x Muslin Moth

Poplar Lutestring

Common White Wave

A couple of Green Silver-lines

Pale Oak Beauty

Scorched Wing

Micro Moths

1x Capua vulgana [NEW]
2x Ptycholoma lecheana [NEW]
1x Esperia sulphurella
1x Cork M
oth Nemapogon cloacella
2x Cnep
hasia sp.
1x Incurvaria masculella
4x Incurvaria oehlmanniella
1x Deltaornix torquillella
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella

Ptycholoma lecheana

Capua vulgana

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