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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 in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Essex

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Thanks for looking & happy Mothing!

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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Give Ivy a try!

Now is the perfect time to do some moth hunting amongst IVY! yes this plant that particularly favours dead of dying trees should be in full bloom right about now.

During the day, searching for large Ivy blooms is invaluable and be sure to take particular note of day time activity, as if you find a sweet smelling spot, expect to see a variety of late flying flies, hover-flies, wasps and lacewings.
It is these blooms that will be most prolific come dusk.

Sometimes before it is dark moths will be seen settling on the blooms ready to taste the sweet sticky residue that is emitted.

The best chance of seeing a good amount of moths nectaring is to pick a nice mild overcast night, sadly these nights have been few and far between this year and failing that, any night will probably yield a handful.

The use of a high power torch to search the ivy will reveal moths eyes glistening in the light and this is the best way of finding them.

I always carry a net with me, just in case that vital species is just out of reach! and plenty of pots.

Go on give it a try!

Here are some of the moth species that are attracted to Ivy.


The commonest to be found include.....


Chestnut








Satellite








Green-brindled Crescent








Dark Chestnut








Barred Sallow








The Sallow
















The Brick









And slightly less common.....

Beaded Chestnut








Brown-spot Pinion











This is by far not the only moths that will turn up at Ivy, be prepared for the unexpected!


Dusky-lemon Sallow

2 comments:

  1. A good bee to look out for on ivy is colletes hederae. A striking bee I had pointed out to me last weekend on Brean Down.

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  2. Nice, although i've not seen the sun much lately to bring anything out!

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