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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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Field Trip - Hertingfordbury University Grounds- 02/07/11

Well it was BioBlitz day and so we set about trying our luck for the Moths. It did look set to be a perfect evening with warm temperatures and increasing cloud cover, then that just vanished and the temperature plummeted.
That said we got a fair return, and am still waiting for the list from the MV traps.

My list is from using a 22w Actinic in a wash basket which only ran until about 12am, but still provided a few good species, some of which need to be confirmed yet.

Easily my best moth was a single Dark Umber.

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Black Arches
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
1x Buff Footman
1x Common Emerald
6x Common Footman
1x Common Wave
2x Dark Arches
1x Dark Umber
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Dun-bar
5x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Engrailed
1x Ghost Moth
2x Heart & Club
2x Heart & Dart
1x Least Carpet
1x Light Emerald
1x Lunar Spotted Pinion
3x Mottled Beauty
1x Peach Blossom
1x Riband Wave
5x Shaded Broad-bar
1x Short-cloaked Moth
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Dotted Buff
1x V-pug
1x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow-tail

Dark Umber

Micro Moths

1x Scoparia basistrigalis [NEW!]
1x Endotricha flammealis
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Coleophora sp.
3x Archips crataegana
1x Epagoge grotiana
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Carcina quercana
7x Hedya pruniana
1x Ancylis achatana
1x Epinotia demarniana
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Eucosma cana
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Udea olivalis
1x Udea prunalis
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Conobathra repandana
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla

Scoparia basistrigalis

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