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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!

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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

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Finally something to be pleased about

The last two nights have been ok here in Stevenage with some warmer temperatures at night but still with gusty conditions species and numbers are down slightly on previous years but there really isn't many more moth species i'm expecting this year now with the possibility of 3 or 4.

I continue to swap between Actinic and Mercury Vapor just to see if anything different turns up as a result of a different light source being used.

Storm Brian is raging at the moment which will make trapping difficult for a few nights.

Good luck all!

New Species and species of note for the Garden/Year Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Satellite (19/10/17) - A season first Satellite turned up on Thursday night, a lovely fresh example with the bright orange 'satellite' markings on it's wings. A moth I take at both ends of the year and more commonly in Spring than Autumn from looking at my records.

Turnip Moth (19/10/17) - It had been a few weeks since I last saw a Turnip and so although this specimen was very faded, it was welcome in the trap as it was 'something different'.

Vestal (20/10/17) - Last night I was just taking out the trash (as the Americans put it!) and noticed a pale moth fluttering around the rain guard of the trap, initial feelings was that it might be a Mottled Umber but I turned to grab my net just to make sure and was very pleased to reveal that I was wrong and it was in fact a year first Vestal and the 3rd record for the garden of this species having taken two in the same week in 2013.
 
Chestnut

Feathered Thorn

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Spruce Carpet

Turnip Moth

Vestal

Yellow-line Quaker's
 

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