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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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Herts Moth Group meeting - Sherrardspark Wood - 14/05/11

The best moth of the night a Map-winged Swift which I rather keenly netted and suspected it to be yet another Common Swift! indeed it wasn't but my first ever Map-winged Swift! it was also a first sighting for many of the other keen people who turned up and braved possibly the wettest, windiest and coldest night we've experienced for a long while!

It is also of a different form (f. gallicus) having different markings to a typical specimen.

From what I know it feeds on the roots of Bracken, which there is plenty of at Sherrardspark Wood, why this moth isn't at Thorndon Country Park (the biggest space of open Bracken in the County of Essex) is beyond me! perhaps it is, perhaps we have yet to find it, who knows!

Other species of note were Brindled White-spot and Lobster Moth.

Map-winged Swift f. gallicus

Lobster Moth


  1. Hi Ben, MWS is a common visitor in my garden, of both forms but the brighter one is commonest. I would like a Lobster Moth though. Its amazing that they are scarce in Essex....maybe its too warm ;)

  2. Hi Ben,

    Interesting that the weather has turned to this horrible cold NW. Exactly the same as last year's National Moth Night!! Still...a good night for you though, my trap only resulted in some pugs, Common Marbled Carpets and 1 Brimstone (for that touch of class).


    Steve T