Welcome

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

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!

KEY

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

Saturday, 10 August 2013

National Moth Night is a success + I can't believe it!

I trapped in Hemel Hempstead at Gadesprings for my contribution on Thursday for National Moth Night. Overall it was a very succesful night and although we were targeting the Butterbur Moth (we positioned two traps right next to good patches of the foodplant) we did not get it, although second best I suppose with a single specimen of Olive.
More interestingly I think I have a Elachista gleichenella, which is suppoed to be extinct in Herts, having only previously been recorded once before.

The specimen is below, I know there are alot of similiar species, namely Elachista atricomella/luticomella, but the glittery markings seem far too extensive to be either of these species.

I am still currently working on the list for the night.

Also I had a surprise shock today whilst replacing my pollen filter in my car, I found a Garden Tiger! The wing pattern matches no other specimens that I have seen before....I wonder where it came from as the pollen filter has not been replaced for a few years now.





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