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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Monday, 12 September 2016

End of August catch

This catch is from the 23rd of August and featured a nice selection of moths.

New for the year were 2 Lesser-spotted Pinion (last seen in 2012!), Small Waved Umber, Latticed Heath, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Scrobipalpa costella and the migrant moth White-point so very pleasing indeed.

Amongst 3 tatty Vine's Rustic was a really stunning coloured one with striking cross-bands that really did deserve a photograph.

Initially unknowingly, a trio of micros were new for the garden...a single Pea Moth or Cydia nigricana, Epinotia tenerana and Galleria mellonella were all garden firsts and now brings the total micro moth list for the garden to 277 species

Definitely quality over quantity!!
Catch Report - 23/08/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Latticed Heath 1 [NFY]
Lesser Spotted Pinion 2 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 2
Blood-vein 1
Burnished Brass 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Common Rustic 2
Dun-bar 3
Flame Shoulder 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Carpet 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Maiden's Blush 3
Riband Wave 1
September Thorn 1
Straw Dot 1
Vine's Rustic 4
Yellow Shell 1

Micro Moths

Cydia nigricana 1 [NFG] 
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFG]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFG]
Scrobipalpa costella 1 [NFY]
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha parenthesella 1 [NFY]
Acrobasis advenella 1 
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Blastobasis adustella 1
Celypha lacunana 2 
Eudemis profundana 1
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Pyrausta aurata 1

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Scrobipalpa costella

Udea ferrugalis

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Vine's Rustic


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