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 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.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Last Moths of 2018 and First Moth of 2019

I ran my trap on Monday night, the last night of 2018 and managed just 2 moths under seemingly good conditions, cloudy and mild at 7c but a little breezy.
The two moths were Spring Usher and Plutella xylostella.

The Spring Usher being my first December record of this species and earliest record, my previous earliest being the 11th of January in 2012.
On the flip-side, the Plutella xylostella is my latest ever record with my previous latest on the 02nd of December, again in 2012 interestingly.

Into 2019 and although it was forecast to be cold last night, there was a bit of cloud so thought I might as well try... maybe a Winter Moth might come back, surely a Mottled Umber? Nope.. my earliest record of Pale Brindled Beauty! 
Not quite as impressive as a Dark Arches mind :) but nevertheless it is early for me with my previous earliest a week later on the 7th of January and even that is mightily early (I have some mid-March records!) but most turn up mid to late February here.

Here are some photos which are always tricky to take at the best of times.
In the Summer it's either too bright, too hot, or the moths refuse to sit still. 
In the Winter, they sit still but either it's too dark or too windy and it blows them off of the background you are using to take the photograph!

Looking at the weather, the trap wom't be on until at least another week with cold weather forecast just about everywhere here in the UK.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 1.

Below are the highlights and new for year species.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

01/01/19

Pale Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]


Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

Plutella xylostella



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