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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!

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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

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Basil's Park - 19/02/19 - Daytime wander

Enjoyed an hour walking along the paths through this new wood to me.
As far as my County Recorder is aware, there aren't any records of Lepidoptera here, it's a pretty vast woodland and i've yet to see it in the Summer with all the trees in leaf.
There are however plenty of Scots Pine and swathes of Holly, of which I tapped some of the bushes, dislodging just two moths, both Tortricodes alternella, Moth species number 1!

I also found an Engrailed, my earliest ever Spring record and sitting precariously low down on a Hornbeam tree.

An empty pupal case of Black Arches was also noted.

Best of all, I counted no less than 7 Taleporia tubulosa (Thanks to the help of guys on the Moths UK Flying Tonight Admin Group).
It seems to be quite rare in the County, or at least just under-recorded. They were all found on Hornbeam and every single one was vacated.

I look forward to trapping here when the nights start drawing out and when it gets a bit warmer.












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