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

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Mild and breezy, moths start blowing in.

A window of mild weather happened here last week during Wednesday and Thursday, albeit it very wet at times with increasing gusty winds, the MV trap was run on Wednesday night and the Actinic on the Thursday night.
Both nights produced a small selection of seasonal moths, including one new for year species on each outing.
Both March Moth and Tortricodes alternella were added to the year list, the latter isn't that common here, but i've heard reports from some people in the County that they are being inundated with them at the moment!
I took some photos today of some of the moths, and my goodness that was the biggest challenge that this time of year sometimes presents! Wind was whipping through the garden at a great speed, causing the delicate moth wings to splay uncontrollably, luckily patience and many shots later I achieved a few half decent shots.


Garden species count for 2019 now upto 8.
 
Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

06/02/19
March Moth 2 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 3

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

07/02/19
Tortricodes alternella 1 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 1
Spring Usher 1 

Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

Tortricodes alternella

March Moth


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