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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Expectations & Reality

A huge and very bright moon with domineering clear skies were last night's conditions, and although the day had been warm at 22 degrees, the night was cooler than expected at 7c come dawn.

Just 11 moths of 7 species graced the trap, most of them were the Plume, Emmelina monodactyla (of which I found a further 7 in the daytime).

The two new species were both found in a bad state, the postvittana was worn beyond belief and the Caloptilia was dead at the bottom of the trap.

So i've attached photos of the reality, and the expectations of both species (using my old photos).

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 40.

Catch Report - 08/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Common Quaker 1
Clouded Drab 2
Early Thorn 1

Micro Moths

Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 5

Caloptilia semifascia (2020)

Epiphyas postvittana (2020)

Caloptilia semifascia (2019)

Epiphyas postvittana (2019)

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