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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 here in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Garden Catch 08/07/18 - More garden firsts!

Another good night mothing in the garden, and with the previous nights catch emptied 50m away down the bridlepath, recaptures were at a minimal once more.
There was a lot of activity come the morning and amongst the common expected moths were some real crackers.
It was two a piece between the Macros and the Micros for the incredible 4 new for garden species in one night.
The most shocking being Platytes alpinella, a predominantly coastal species which i've taken before on the Essex coast, so it was a bit of a shock to get one in the garden trap, also confirmed as only the 2nd County record.
Southern Wainscot was also a presumed wanderer on such a warm and muggy night.

Two other species that caught my eye and that were instantly potted were the other 2 garden firsts, the stunning Figure of Eighty and the pretty in pink Celypha rosaceana.

All in all an amazing night.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 351.

Here are the new for year species.


Catch Report - 08/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Figure of Eighty [NFG]
Southern Wainscot [NFG]
Barred Hook-tip
Clay 2
Latticed Heath 2

Micro Moths

Celypha rosaceana [NFG]
Platytes alpinella [NFG]
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta zoegana
Cameraria ohridella
Galleria mellonella

Acrobasis repandana

Agapeta zoegana

Barred Hook-tip

Cameraria ohridella

Celypha rosaceana

Clay

Figure of Eighty

Galleria mellonella

Latticed Heath

Platytes alpinella

Southern Wainscot

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