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, 2 March 2019

The March of the Orthosia at the end of February

As we creep quietly into March, it seems much further through the year than it should be. The warm weather has given us false pretense and we could still see temperatures plummet once more...who knows!
It was this time last year, a week after our Son was born, that the 'Beast from the East' struck. 
I wonder whether March will be 'In like a Lion and out like a Lamb', as this time of year should not be warm for the sake of Wildlife.

Temperatures have hit record levels here, just shy of 20c on Wednesday, but cooling down quite considerably past midnight and most mornings being between 3c and 6c.
The trap has been heaving by my garden standards, with the highest amount of Common Quaker's ever recorded here (44 on Wednesday).

I have pleasingly also added 3 species to the year list and also found a Female Diurnea fagella where I work, a first for me.
Small Brindled Beauty being the highlight, 2 examples on back to back nights was superb. They are only my 2nd and 3rd garden records!

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 27.


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

27/02/19

Macro Moths

Small Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 2
Clouded Drab 4
Common Quaker 44
Dotted Border 2
Hebrew Character 3
March Moth 7
Small Quaker 14


Micro Moths

None Recorded!


28/02/19 - Daytime - Ware

Diurnea fagella - Female 1 [New for me]


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

28/02/19

Macro Moths


Early Grey 1 [NFY]
Pine Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 3 Common Quaker 15
Hebrew Character 6 Satellite 1
Small Brindled Beauty 1
Small Quaker 9


Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla


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

01/03/19

Macro Moths


Chestnut 1 Common Quaker 18
Hebrew Character 5
Small Quaker 5
Twin-spotted Quaker 1

Micro Moths

Tortricodes alternella


Common Quaker

Common Quaker

Diurnea fagella - Female

Early Grey

Pine Beauty

Small Brindled Beauties

Twin-spotted Quaker

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