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.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

New moth for the garden gets seized by a Spider AGAIN!

Hello all, excitement and disappointment (well for the moth at least) on Wednesday night, it's happened twice previously with a Large Thorn then an Eyed Hawk-moth....the damn Spiders are poised and ready again.
This year's culprit, a garden first Small Brindled Beauty.
Small Brindled Beauty is a moth of mature woodland typically and only rarely ventures into gardens and is absent of many people's garden lists.
This was backed up by three new for year Small Quaker's, infact it was a pretty pleasing catch of 20 moths of 7 species.
Lows of 5.8c this morning but it looks like it's getting cooler again...

Catch Report -  11/03/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Brindled Beauty [NFG]
3x Small Quaker [NFY]
4x Hebrew Character
4x Common Quaker
3x March Moth

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix heracliana (Checked)
4x Emmelina monodactyla

Common Quaker

Common Quaker

Small Quaker

Agonopterix heracliana

Small Brindled Beauty


  1. SBB! You beat me to it. I think it would be a tall order in my garden with the lack of nearby woodland- well done.

  2. Thanks Matt, I had to knock it on the head unfortunately as the Spider had damaged it so badly it couldn't fly. Yes I was pretty surprised myself! Cheers.