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, 8 April 2017

Warm days, cool nights


Have been preventing me from trapping regularly this week.
In fact i've only tried on Monday and Thursday night this week, but hoping to fire the trap up tonight as we have had a warm day of 20 degrees again, sadly there is no cloud again.

Thursday night's catch was low but quality over quantity was the order of the day, with a garden first Lunar Marbled Brown (Shame about the bald head!).

And after five years of waiting! Well chuffed and surprisingly there were 9 other moths including a year first Brindled Pug in and around the trap. 

All of the moths came to the twin 20w Wemlite Actinic. 

This is a milestone for Macro Moth records in my garden as it's my 300th species so far and the 581st species of Moth recorded overall.

Also the warm weather seems to have brought things out in the daytime with a Ruby Tiger spotted flying around works garden on Friday and also yesterday whilst weeding the garden, a year first Epermenia chaerophyllella was potted up.


Catch Report - 06/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 6c

Macro Moths

1x Lunar Marbled Brown [NFY]
1x Brindled Pug [NFY]
1x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Early Grey
3x Hebrew Character
 
Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla


Brindled Pug











Epermenia chaerophyllella













Lunar Marbled Brown (Macro no 300)

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