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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Monday, 21 September 2015

That's better!

Moth numbers are dropping quite rapidly in my garden now with just the Large Yellow Underwings seeming to hang on until ever! The general theme was brown again, but with some grey as well with a couple of Pale Mottled Willows and three Large Ranunuculus! I did quite well last year with these trapping 12 and the previous year 8. 
3 equaled the most I have seen in my trap at once.
Not only did I get them I also got a stunning Large Thorn. Quite a nomadic species this with singles appearing in 2012 and 2013 but none last year. I am so pleased to see one again but in reality would happily swap one for a Canary-shouldered Thorn

Catch Report -  20/09/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Thorn [NFY]
3x Large Ranunculus [NFY]
1x Silver-Y
5x Lunar Underwing
1x Garden Carpet
2x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Square-spot Rustic
8x Lesser Yellow Underwing
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Vine's Rustic
29x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Orange Swift
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Light Emerald
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Snout

Micro Moths

1x Phyllonorycter sp 
1x Acleris variegana
3x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Ambylptilia acanthdactyla
1x Udea ferrugalis
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Pandemis cerasana 

Large Ranunculus

Large Thorn

Trio of Large Ranunculus


  1. Large Thorn! Nice, haven't seen it for a couple of years now. Still hoping to get it this year.

  2. I hope you do see one Matt :) they are pretty stunning.

  3. Large Thorn ? ... The man was whinging a day ago that he wasn't getting anything ! Large Thorn would be a site first for me. Nice moth

  4. Haha, I know, I know, guilty as charged!