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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.
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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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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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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Latest from the home trap

Here are the latest species that i've recorded to my trap this past week.
I trapped on four occasions using the MV on warmer nights and the Actinic on cooler nights.

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

Deep-brown Dart [NFY] (30/09/17) - After trapping one out in the field last Monday night, a big female (whom later laid eggs for me) I was very pleased to trap a male on Saturday night. It isn't a very common moth for me with just 3 records over the last 3 years.

Mallow [NFY] (30/09/17) - Another species that I took whilst at Ashwell Quarry recently turned up in the garden trap as well, the Mallow.. a striking good-sized Geometer. Again I don't have many records of this species in 6 years with just 4.

Carcina quercana [NFY] (30/09/17) -  One of my latest individuals, in fact I was surprised to see that my latest was from the 20th of October in 2014 and the latest for the County as well.

Nomophila noctuella (30/09/17) - After a few records this year of the commonly known migrant Rush Veneer it was nice to get a vividly marked individual as all of the others were either worn or grey in colouration.

Ruby Tiger Caterpillar (30/09/17) - Yes, larvae also seem to be attracted to the mercury vapor bulb and the caterpillar was found curled up in one of the egg trays.

Acleris sparsana (01/10/17) - Into October and a lovely fresh Acleris sparsana was found on the patio on Monday morning, one of the best examples i've ever seen.

Blastobasis adustella (01/10/17) - Only my 3rd ever October record in 11 years of recording moths of this common species.

Treble Brown Spot (01/10/17) - A late record and 3rd brood of Treble Brown Spot was a nice surprise on Monday morning, with my previous latest on 22/09/13. In fact only my garden has produced a September/October record.

Luffia ferchaultella (02/10/17) - I found a tiny (4.5mm) moving case at work on one of the industrial bins. It's been a few years since I last saw one so pleasing to get it confirmed as usually they are bright green in colouration.

Red-line Quaker [NFY] (04/10/17) - A year first Red-line Quaker was potted up before bedtime on Wednesday, a regular moth to my trap and far more common than it's sister, the Yellow-line Quaker.

Chestnut (06/10/17) - Last seen in February earlier this year, a pristine Chestnut was the only moth of note this morning with a small catch of 12 moths of 9 species.

Carcina quercana

Deep-brown Dart pair

Deep-brown Dart

Mallow

Nomophila noctuella

Ruby Tiger Caterpillar

Acleris sparsana

Blastobasis adustella

Treble Brown Spot

Luffia ferchaultella

Red-line Quaker

Chestnut

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