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.
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Jammed another migrant from my postage stamp sized garden

A good catch of 56 moths of 20 species, I was just going through the egg trays as you do, more brown stuff, o a Burnished Brass...nice, a few Barred Sallow adding a bit of colour  and a different Large Ranunculus making it look better  all of a sudden with a quickly potted Ypsolopha sylvella......then out of the corner of my eye I had missed a VESTAL on the underside of the Robinson collar, I was shaking as I went to pot it up and what did it do, it flew off! luckily it went straight to the light and I got it in time, phew!
It is my 1st UK record of this delicate and pretty moth having seen it a few times over the years in various Countries and recently this year in Egypt.
Very happy! the moth didn't play ball so a semi-decent photo is all I can manage for now!

Catch Report - 22/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Vestal [NEW!]
18x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8x Lunar Underwing
4x Barred Sallow
2x Vine's Rustic
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Angle Shades
1x Willow Beauty
4x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Common Wainscot
1x Burnished Brass
1x Turnip Moth
1x Large Ranunculus
1x Square-spot Rustic
1x Treble Brown Spot
Micro Moths

2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Acleris variegana 
1x Ypsolopha sylvella
2x Emmelina monodactyla 


Ypsolopha sylvella


  1. I haven't photo'd mine yet, too busy with the Long-tailed Blues at Kingsdown!

  2. Congratulations Ben- A well marked one too. This is a great year for this species. I've had 3 this year- in Bedfordshire!

  3. Great moths Ben! Please send those Large Ranunculuses my way. So glad you gotta vestal too

    Thanks as always for your generous help