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

Monday, 27 July 2020

A superb catch under average conditions

I'm not sure why the 13th of July was such a good catch in my garden.
With highs on only 22 degrees and dropping to 15 again, I thought I would struggle, especially as we were experiencing brief showers in the afternoon.
I put it down to the increased humidity, something that has been a feature of most of July this year.

Highlights were plentiful, with a migrant Dark Sword-grass, a wandering Kent Black Arches and two stunning Black Arches and also my favourite grey moth, the Sycamore. Just some of the new for the year species.

It was also a double helping of both Agapeta and Pandemis, all for species appearing late this year.
Garden species count for 2020 now upto 371.

Only New For Year Species Reported

250w Clear MV  Robinson Trap min 15c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 13/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Black Arches 2 [NFY]
Cabbage Moth 1 [NFY]
Dark Sword-grass 1 [NFY]
Kent Black Arches 1 [NFY]
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2 [NFY]
Maple Pug 1 [NFY]
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1 [NFY]
Sycamore 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Agapeta hamana 1 [NFY]
Agapeta zoegana 1 [NFY]
Eucosma hohenwartiana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis heparana 1 [NFY]
Rhopobota naevana 1 [NFY]
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad sp 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha ustella 1 [NFY]

Agapeta zoegana

Black Arches

Dark Sword-grass

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing


Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad sp

Ypsolopha ustella

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