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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Friday, 16 May 2014

Traps on people, it's hotting up out there!

To start off with I had some incredible luck chasing a Micro moth around the garden with a pot (god knows what the neighbour's think!) I managed to scoop it mid-flight into my pot and get the lid on in a split-second.
The moth in question was a small metallic Adelidae of somekind, half the size of reamurella and I suspected rufimitrella.
A few macro shots were taken and it indeed turned out to be a garden first Adela rufimitrella, in fact my first for Hertfordshire and only my second ever in 8 years (previous record from Essex)

To the evening....

I ran the garden trap last night as it had been a lovely warm day with a high of 21 degrees, and although it cleared at dusk it stayed relatively mild with little or no wind.
This morning it was still registering 11 degrees and so my expectations were quite high, and I was pleasantly rewarded with some nice species and 5 new species for the year.

Both the Carpets refused to lay flat like a carpet and so it's underwing shots all the way here... hoping it will help anyone identifying them this way.

Trapping again tonight hopefully.

Catch Report - 15/05/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Maiden's Blush [NFY]
1x Clouded Border [NFY]
2x Common Marbled Carpet [NFY]
1x Silver-ground Carpet [NFY]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
2x Spectacle  
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot  
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Waved Umber
4x Muslin Moth
5x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Common Pug
1x Brimstone Moth

Micro Moths 

1x Evergestis forficalis
1x Alucita hexadactyla

1x Syndemis musculana
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
2x Epermenia chaerophyllella

Adela rufimitrella

Common Marbled Carpet

Maiden's Blush

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Silver-ground Carpet

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