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

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Field Trip - Ashwell Quarry - 11/05/17


I made my 3rd trip of the year to Ashwell Quarry last Thursday and after a day of mainly cloudy skies but very mild temperatures with air pushing up from the continent, the evening looked perfect with little wind and complete cloud cover (something that a true moth'er relishes!)



I set-up 5 traps in anticipation of staying until around 2am.



2 hours in at approximately 11pm it started to drizzle, then it rained a little harder, so I started to pack up the open vulnerable traps (namely the two skinners) and checking to see if all of my cables were still under plastic bags and then 20 minutes later it stopped...bugger.

I was now down to 3 traps and I persevered until 12am when another deluge came down.



Despite the rain (moths never seem to be put off by it) I managed a healthy list of late Spring early Summer species, nothing rare.. but to be honest it was just nice to see some moths in numbers once again.

Highlights for me were a further two Depressaria radiella, after catching one on my last outing. Still my only records of this species. 

Also 3 Phtheochroa rugosana were very welcome, such a pretty moth with it's bumps and tufts and protruding scales.

Argyresthia trifasciata was also a moth  don't see very often.

There were also 7 examples of the migrant moth Plutella xylostella.



Once again this little micro-habitat in the middle of an arable desert came up trumps!


Catch Report - 11/05/17 - Ashwell Quarry - North-west Herts - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x Synergetic Skinner Trap & 1x 40w Actinic Trap

56 species

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades 
10x Brimstone Moth
2x Brindled Pug
6x Chinese Character
2x Common Carpet 
3x Common Pug
100+ Green Carpet
3x Double-striped Pug
4x Flame Shoulder
2x Hebrew Character
6x Least Black Arches
3x Mottled Pug
2x Nut-tree Tussock 
1x Oak-tree Pug
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pale Prominent
1x Purple Bar 
3x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot 
2x Scorched Carpet
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Spectacle
2x Streamer
4x V-Pug
1x Waved Umber
3x White-spotted Pug
2x White Ermine
2x Yellow-barred Brindle
 
Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix arenella
1x Argyresthia trifasciata
1x Cameraria ohridella 
1x Cochylis atricapitana
1x Cochylis hybridella
1x Coleophora alcyonipennella
1x Coptotriche marginea
2x Crambus lathoniellus 
3x Depressaria radiella 
1x Depressaria sp to check (TBC)
1x Elachista argentella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Endrosis sarcitrella 
2x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Glyphipterix simpliciella
2x Hedya pruniana
1x Mompha epilobiella
1x Monopis laevigella
4x Monopis weaverella
1x Nematopogon schwarziellus
2x Parornix sp
3x Phtheochroa rugosana
7x Plutella xylostella 
1x Prays fraxinella
4x Syndemis musculana
1x Tinea trinotella



White-spotted Pug











160w MBT Robinson














125w MV Homemade













Elachista argentella













Argyresthia trifasciata












Chinese Character










 
Coleophora alcyonipennella










Tinea trinotella












Phtheochroa rugosana











Parornix sp












Depressaria radiella













Coptotriche marginea

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