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

Saturday, 10 August 2013

The onslaught slows down somewhat

A more relaxed catch this morning with less hustle and bustle of recent times.
Temperatures have been dropping over the past few nights to a minimum of 12c
under clear skies. Cooler temps generally means less moths and it was expected
after having such a long mild spell.
Dot Moths and Dark Arches have gone as quickly as they have come, a similiar
story to what other moth'ers are experiencing aswell.
Still I can't grumble, with a few more added to the garden list.

Correction, the suspected Caloptilia populetorum is in fact a Aspilapteryx tringipennella, still a garden first though and a new one for me.

Catch Report - 07/08/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

2x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]

3x Black Arches
2x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Common Footman
16x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
2x Dot Moth
4x Dun-bar
2x Early Thorn
2x July Highflyer
1x Least Carpet
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Magpie Moth
1x Maple Prominent
2x Marbled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Orange Swift
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Privet Hawk-moth
9x Riband Wave
7x Scalloped Oak
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Silver-Y
1x Small Blood-vein
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Square-spotted Clay
8x Straw Underwing
1x Uncertain
1x White Satin Moth
24x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Oegoconia sp [NFG]
1x Cochylis atricapitana [NFG]
1x Aspilapteryx tringipennella [NEW!]
1x Acleris laterana [NFG]
1x Evergestis forficalis [NFY]
1x Agriphila geniculea [NFY]

1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Eudemis profundana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
3x Udea prunalis
1x Prays ruficeps
1x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
1x Scoparia ambigualis
29x Agriphila tristella
8x Agriphila straminella
6x Endotricha flammealis
1x Spilonota ocellana
1x Coleophora sp
2x Plutella xylostella
3x Carcina quercana
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epermenia chaerophyllella

Acleris laterana

Agriphila geniculea

Black Arches & Privet Hawk-moth

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Cochylis atricapitana

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Square-spot Rustic

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