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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Sunday, 28 January 2018

A 3rd garden record of Ypsolopha ustella

Last night the trap went out again, opting for the 125w MV and 40w Actinic combo which i've got hanging from a projector screen just behind the Robinson Trap (See pic below).
The light looks really good against it and hopefully will act as a magnet to moths flying by and also protect the light from shining in our eyes too much in the kitchen!

A relatively mild night last night with lows of 9c, in fact it was much like the other day where the temperature rose as the evening progressed.

Today looks set to be possibly the warmest day of the year so far at 13 degrees.

To the moths... and there were only two.
A Pale Brindled Beauty found this morning on a fence panel 2 metres from the trap (which didn't like the white screen) and a rather nice form that i've never seen before of Ypsolopha ustella, which was potted up at around 10pm (and was sitting on the lit screen!)

It is a good one for my garden despite it being a common moth, making it just 3 records in 5 and a half years.


Macro Moths

1x Pale Brindled Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha ustella [NFY]

Ypsolopha ustella


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