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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Monday, 24 July 2017

Two new dissection confirmations

I gave some moths for dissection to Graeme back on the 08th of July to look at.

One was an unusual asymmetrical Pug which looked very odd indeed and we both couldn't place  it at the time.

The other was a Nemapogon species and looked a little paler than the Nemapogon cloacella that I regularly get in the garden.

Both specimens were part of a catch of moths made on the 06th of July.

The Pug turns out to be my latest ever Oak-tree Pug, with the previous latest a whole month earlier on 06/06/13!
The books do state that they can straggle on until late July in some years but i've never experienced that myself.

The Nemapogon is Nemapogon ruricolella and a pleasing addition to the garden list and being only the 3rd species of Nemapogon for the garden joining cloacella (of course) and clematella (oddly).

Here are the pictures, Nemapogon ruricolella wasn't a new moth for me as on the 19th of June I recorded one at Home Wood in Bedfordshire (pic attached for a comparison to my garden specimen).

Nemapogon ruricolella - 06/07/17 - Stevenage












 

Nemapogon ruricolella - 19/06/17 - Home Woood











Latest ever Oak-tree Pug

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