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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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Another garden first!

On Tuesday morning I was greeted by a further 7 new species for the year, making it 15 in just two back to back nights which is mildy impressive for my garden this time of year.

Best of all was a garden first Ochreous Pug, last seen in 2012 and my first ever record for Hertfordshire! It is a pine feeding species and we don't have a great deal of coniferous woodland near us.

Also my second migrant moth for the year turned up in the shape of a rather brown and mottled Plutella xylostella.
Catch Report - 15/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Ochreous Pug [NFG]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
1x Grey Dagger [NFY]
1x Mottled Pug [NFY]
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Chocolate-tip
2x Common Pug
1x Garden Carpet
8x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana [NFY] 
2x Caloptilia robustella/alchimiella [NFY]
1x Plutella xylostella [NFY]
1x Aphomia sociella
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Scalloped Hazel

Plutella xylostella

Ochreous Pug

Grey Dagger

Caloptilia robustella/alchimiella

Bright-line Brown-eye

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

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