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, 19 April 2020

Blown in on the breeze..a new garden moth!

I was very pleased this morning to find a tiny Elachista clinging to the outside of the Actinic box trap, I instantly recognised it from trapping it and sweeping it during the day, at nearby Bramfield Woods, a moth of damp woodland and riverbanks favouring 'Sedgy' areas.
To get Elachista rufocinerea in the garden completely away from suitable habitat was fantastic. It must have got blown in last night on the breeze.

It makes it the 731st species for my garden here in Stevenage, North Herts.

Again, it was cold this morning, 4.5c just isn't good for my garden.

Nevertheless 12 moths of 6 species turned up, mostly the usual early Spring species, amongst them though was a new for year Lunar Marbled Brown, a scarce moth for my garden and one I trap in big numbers (40+) in local woodland.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 59.

12 moths of 9 species to 40w Actinic Trap

Catch Report - 18/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Lunar Marbled Brown 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 2
Common Quaker 1
Clouded Drab 1
Double-striped Pug 2
Hebrew Character 2

Streamer 1

Micro Moths

Elachista rufocinerea 1 [NFG]

Emmelina monodactlya 1

Double-striped Pug

Elachista rufocinerea

Lunar Marbled Brown

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