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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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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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

First proper catch of the year

After a mild day at the Zoo, I decided to set the trap up at 5.30pm and as I did it began to drizzle, but luckily the sky was thick with lovely warming clouds...no bright moon tonight!
Come the morning it was still trying to rain but was relatively mild at 7 degrees.

I didn't really expect 13 moths in and around the trap!
8 Tortricodes alternella's made up the bulk of the catch.
The best moth had to be the pretty little Acleris cristana, a garden first.
The 3 new for year Micros bump the species tally up to 8.


Whilst giving the garden a weed, a quick scout around the garden fences yielded another 5 moths! 4 Dotted Border's and 1 Emmelina monodactyla.
Another two new ones for the year!

Catch Report - 17/02/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

4x Dotted Border [NFY]
2x Chestnut
1x Pale Brindled Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Acleris cristana [NFG]
8x Tortricodes alternella [NFY]
1x Acleris schalleriana [NFY]

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Acleris cristana


Tortricodes alternella

Dotted Border's


  1. Nice catch ... I've got you down for 10 species so far in '14, I presume you will carry on with the race.
    Now where have I heard that before ? Ben 10

  2. Yes I will indeed, I had trouble trying to implement the txt last time, so will have a fiddle in a mo.
    Thanks, might try again tomorrow night.

  3. A good haul Ben, you certainly have a good spot for the early woodland species.

  4. Thanks Matt, I think the ancient Oaks help loads! Lots of Acer and Sycamore too.