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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!

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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A very pleasing catch last night

Warm and breezy conditions are the flavour recently with highs of 18 degrees and a mixture of sunshine and showers but with these warm conditions finally moths are rearing their heads again and after a few poor catches recently of just a handful of moths, it was all systems go this morning with 28 moths of 18 species. 
3 new species were added to the yearly list and other highlights included three migrant species, Scarce Bordered Straw (the 2nd for the garden), Silver-Y (47th this year) and Udea ferrugalis (5th this year).
The Scarce Bordered Straw was a vey tiny individual and could well be a British grown off-spring and not a true migrant at all. 

With the warmth continuing to push in from the near continent things are set to be even milder ino the weekend.

Traps out people as it's also National Moth Weekend.
 
Catch Report - 10/10/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brick [NFY]
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY] 
1x November Moth sp [NFY]
2x Barred Sallow
2x Chestnut
1x Dusky Thorn
1x Feathered Thorn
3x Green-brindled Crescent
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Mallow
1x Scarce Bordered Straw
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y

Micro Moths

1x Acleris sparsana
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Udea ferrugalis

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Brick

Chestnut

Green-brindled Crescent ab.capucina

Scarce Bordered Straw

Udea ferrugalis


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