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

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Warm weather provides rare moth and garden firsts

Phew wee what busy times we've had lately, I am a week behind again with my catch reports from my garden and I am literally just going to list the best moths including new for year species as I physically cannot keep up!

The heat wave continues and with temperatures soaring to 30 degrees and not dropping beflow 20 at night (making it very uncomfortable at night), the moths have been absolutely everywhere.

Last Sunday night once again there were over 70 species of Macro and Micro moths and here are the highlights...

A greased up Crambus perlella initially got the heart racing, unfortunately it must have found some oil I spilt whilst servicing the generators.

A County second record of Scythris limbella was new for me as well and really unexpected and very pleasing indeed backed up by two more new for garden Micro moths, but the Macro moth front didnt disappoint either with 3 garden first records as well!

A year first species count was broken in style with 25 Yponomeuta evonymella's! 

Absolutely crazy stuff and this now brings the total moth species count for the garden since August 2012 to 604 species.

Catch Report - 18/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
 
Macro Moths

1x Lilac Beauty [NFG]
1x Obscure Wainscot [NFG] 
1x Tawny-barred Angle [NFG] 
1x Common Emerald [NFY]
1x Coxcomb Prominent [NFY]
1x Freyer's Pug [NFY]
2x Least Carpet [NFY]
1x Maple Prominent [NFY]
1x Small Dusty Wave [NFY]
 
Micro Moths

1x Scythris limbella [NEW!]
1x Anarsia innoxiella [NFG]
1x Mompha ochraceella [NFG] 
1x Anania coronata [NFY]
1x Argyresthia brockeella [NFY]
1x Batia lunaris [NFY] 
1x Carcina quercana [NFY]
1x Crambus perlella [NFY]
1x Epinotia signatana [NFY]
1x Euzophera pinguis [NFY] 
1x Lozotaeniodes formosana [NFY]
1x Lyonetia clerkella [NFY]
1x Pandemis heparana [NFY]
1x Parachronistis albiceps [NFY]
1x Udea prunalis [NFY]
25x Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]

Anarsia innoxiella











Argyresthia brockeella












Lilac Beauty











Lozotaeniodes formosana












Mompha ochraceella











Obscure Wainscot











Tawny-barred Angle













Scythris limbella












Parachronistis albiceps


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