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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

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!

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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

Friday, 5 May 2017

First blank of May, finally a moth and a fantastic record

Firstly, I blanked on Wednesday night in the garden using the 40w Actinic.
This has never happened in May anywhere I have trapped! And it certainly hasn't happened when i've been running the 125w MV bulb, which I did last night (Thursday) and again it was so nearly a blank! Saved by a lonesome Rustic Shoulder-knot.

Both days had been about 13-15 degrees but the promised cloud cover at night by the weathwer man was to be a hoax and by both mornings it was very chilly at around 4c, made even colder by a windy North-Easterly wind.

But...some good news on a moth I found in the garden nearly two weeks ago.

I took a Mompha specimen round to Graeme Smith yesterday as I wasn't convinced it was the usual Mompha subbistrigella that is very common in my garden along with Mompha epilobiella.
It turned out to be Mompha jurassicella!
It was sitting on Willowherb that was growing out of a plant pot that needed getting rid of...if I didn't go to weed it out I never would have seen it!
It is a rare moth in the County with just 3 [previous records (tbc) and a new one to me and Moth no.583 for the garden.

Mompha jurassicella

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