Welcome

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

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Notable Moth Recorded During 2017

I hope everyone is having a good new year so far.
So far i've seen just the one moth to my garden trap this year (more on that in the next post).

Firstly, here is a list of the best moths I recorded from the garden, County and further afield in 2017 with some incredible records and several new for County, 2nds and 3rds.



1)      Phaneta pauperana - Ashwell Quarry - 09/04/17 (3rd Herts County Record and new to my records)
2)      Depressaria radiella - Ashwell Quarry - 09/04/17 (Fairly frequent in Hertfordshire but new to my records)
3)      Emperor Moth - Stevenage Garden - 29/04/17 (Common in Hertfordshire but new to my records)
4)      Spuleria flavicaput - Barley - 12/05/17 ( Herts Scarce and new to my records)
5)      Mompha jurassicella - Stevenage Garden - 22/04/17 (4th Herts County Record and new to my records)
6)      Plodia interpunctella - Hoddesdon - 10/05/17 ( Fairly frequent in Hertfordshire but new to my records)
7)      Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella - Stevenage Garden - 13/05/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
8)      Pammene ignorata - Scales Park - 16/05/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
9)      Epinotia tetraquetrana - Scales Park - 16/05/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
10)   Blood-vein f.nigra - Ashwell Quarry - 22/05/17 (Rare form of the common Herts moth)
11)   Pammene trauniana - Stevenage Garden - 24/05/17 (New to Herts and new to my records)
12)   Syncopacma sangiella - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/05/17 (New to Herts and new to my records)
13)   Elachista biatomella - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/05/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
14)   Argyresthia glabratella - Stevenage Garden - 28/05/17 (3rd Herts County Record and new to my records)
15)   Telechrysis tripuncta - Fern Cottage - 01/06/17 ( Local in Gloucestershire and new to my records)
16)   Acompsia cinerella - Hexton Chalk Pit - 10/06/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
17)   Ethmia dodecea - Hexton Chalk Pit - 10/06/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
18)   Diplodoma laichartingella - Stevenage Garden - 12/06/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
19)   Grapholita pallifrontana - Old Warden - 12/06/17 (Frequent at known sites in Beds and new to my records)
20)   Scythris limbella - Stevenage Garden - 18/06/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
21)   Carpatolechia notatella - Home Wood - 19/06/17 (2nd Beds County Record and new to my records)
22)   Nemapogon ruricolella - Home Wood - 19/06/17 (4th Beds County Record and new to my records)
23)   Bucculatrix cidarella - Home Wood - 19/06/17 (Beds Scarce and new to my records)
24)   Spatalistis bifasciana - Home Wood - 19/06/17 (2nd Beds County Record but not new to my records)
25)   Gelechia sororculella - Home Wood - 19/06/17 (Beds Scarce and new to my records)
26)   Agonopterix conterminella - Scales Park - 16/05/17 (3rd Herts County Record and new to my records)
27)   Triple-spotted Pug - Scales Park - 16/05/17 (Herts Scarce, only site that supports it and new to my records)
28)   Adoxophyes orana - Stevenage Garden - 19/07/17 (New to Herts and new to my records)
29)   Annulet - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/07/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
30)   Teleiodes sequax - Hexton Chalk Pit - 25/07/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
31)   Oak Processionary - Stevenage Garden - 27/07/17 (2nd Herts County Record and new to my records)
32)   Jersey Tiger - Stevenage Garden - 28/08/17 (Spreading and a good record for North Herts and new to my records)
33)   Hedge Rustic - Hexton Chalk Pit - 29/08/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
34)   Mompha sturnipennella - Hexton Chalk Pit - 29/08/17 (4th Herts County Record and new to my records)
35)   Euspilapteryx auroguttella - Ashwell Quarry - 04/09/17 (Herts Local and new to my records)
36)   Parectopa ononidis - Ashwell Quarry - 04/09/17 (Herts Scarce and new to my records)
37)   Cypress Pug - Stevenage Garden - 24/09/17 (Herts Local and new to my garden)
38)   Scarce Bordered Straw - Stevenage Garden - 28/09/17 (Uncommon immigrant and new to my garden)
39)   Vestal - Stevenage Garden - 20/10/17 (3rd Garden record of this uncommon immigrant) 
40)   Cydalima perspectalis - Stevenage Garden - 23/10/17 (Herts vagrant spreading and new to my garden)




 Happy Mothing!

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