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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Monday, 6 April 2020

A record April catch for my garden

A super catch for my garden last night here in Stevenage, a record 37 moths of 15 species since beginning my garden list in 2012.
Most expected species turned up all on one calm and warm night, the wind during the day had dropped and it had been warm and with highs of 21 degrees. 
The minimum this morning read 11c... that doesn't happen very often in April!

I chose to set-up the big 250w clear, and i'm glad I did. Was it the perfect conditions that spurred the moths on, or was it the 'god of all bulbs'? I will never know.

This whole week looks pretty favourable, but a little cooler until we get to Thursday.

Pine Beauty and Engrailed were added to the garden year list

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 36.

Catch Report - 05/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

250w MV Clear Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Engrailed 1 [NFY]
Pine Beauty 1 [NFY]
Brindled Beauty 2 
Brindled Pug 2 
Common Quaker 10 
Clouded Drab 2 
Double-striped Pug 5 
Early Grey 1 
Early Thorn 2 
Hebrew Character 3 
Small Quaker 2 

Micro Moths

Agonopterix heracliana 1 
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 2 
Diurnea fagella 1 
Emmelina monodactlya 2


Pine Beauty


  1. 58 moths last night, really good. With two Water Carpet which are scarce in our borough.

  2. Well done Edward. Water Carpet isn't on my garden list here.

  3. They are resident though here.