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, 11 August 2019

Micro's keep the show going

Another great catch was had on the 29th of July with plenty of new species for the year potted up and tallied.
One moth in particular was the highlight, a probable Elachista (Formerly Cosmiotes) stabilella.
It looks good for it, and one i've taken before at my parents farm (which was dissected to confirm) specimen retained to double check.
It would make Macro and Micro species neck & neck in my garden with 360 species each.

A second Dewick's Plusia was also noted, compared to my previous example it is clearly a different moth which is great.

The year first (late) Pine Hawk-moth was sitting on our garden Pug ornament which gave me a chuckle... I said 'That's a large Pug!'

Of all of the new ones for the year, just one was a Macro. They seem in general to be having a tougher time this year, it's mainly micros in my garden as of late.
The theory is that the long dry Spring and early Summer has upset the natural balance of larger moths exiting subterranean pupae, whereas most micro moths rely on silken galleries within folded leaves, crevices in bark or leaf litter above ground.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 386.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Pine Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Agapeta zoegana 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia pruniella 2 [NFY]
Cydia fagiglandana 1 [NFY]
Elachista stabilella 1 [NFG]
Pyrausta purpuralis 1 [NFY]
Zellaria hepariella 1 [NFY]

Zellaria hepariella

Pine Hawk-Pug Moth

Elachista stabilella

Dewick's Plusia

Argyresthia pruniella

Agapeta zoegana

Cydia fagiglandana

Pyrausta purpuralis

Agonopterix alstromeriana

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