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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

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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.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

A 2nd Old Lady and a Mompha query

On Tuesday night I had quite a small catch of moths of about 80 moths of 20 species, things are certainly feeling a lot more autumnal recently and the catch is starting to reflect that with Barred and Centre-barred Sallows featuring in every trap now.

A second Old Lady of the year was notable as I usually only get one a year.

Best moth was a Mompha species that looks like a brown form of Mompha sturnipennella, a moth I trapped last week at Hexton Chalk Pit that was the usual darker bround colour with distinct black slashes along the forewing.
In my specimen from Tuesday night you can just make these out...but it also looks very similiar to jurassicella which I recorded for the first time only this year in the garden. 
Of course naturally I would prefer to add sturnipennella to the garden list! but a second record of jurassicella would be very welcome.

The moth is retained for dissection.

New Species for the Garden/Year Report - 05/09/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Mompha sp [To be dissected]

Mompha sp

Old Lady

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