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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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Esperia sulphurella but not from the garden

Today at work as I was walking back in to the building with a client and a small metallic moth flew up in to my face, I furiously batted it down to the ground and it landed on a low-growing plant, expecting just another Adela reamurella it was an Esperia sulphurella!, I raced in to get a pot and luckily it was still there when I came back.
Although I haven't been actively looking for this moth, this is only the 3rd occasion I have ever seen it so I was pleased to get a better record shot of one.

Interestingly the habitat seems a little out of place for it, being within a stones throw of Hoddesdon town centre next to a busy main road.

Esperia sulphurella


  1. Sounds like a lovely surprise on a sunny Spring day, Ben. Glad it hung on until you returned with the pot :-)

  2. Thank you for the lovely comment :) yes It was a great surprise and I am glad I got a better picture of it this time.
    I will have a look at your newest posts soon.

    All the best