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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.

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

4 lifers in two days!

4 lifers in 2 days here in Central Herts. Extremely lucky to get Orange Underwing yesterday whilst out with work (After much deliberation)... which was made easier with another Orange nderwing today to compare with, my first Light Orange Underwing! Crazy, 10 years i've looked for these and 'think' i've seen one or two at the tops of trees before, to get both species fly by me within netting range is just crazy. Also 2 interesting micros today. Mompha langiella, presumed extinct in the County? One netted around Birch today and 2x Heliozela sericiella also netted flying around in the hazy sunshine. Temp upto 18c which certainly brought things out.
Other moths were singles of Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Eriocrania salopiella and Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella.
These 4 recent new species for my UK list, takes me to 1506 since 2006.
 
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella

Left: Female Orange Underwing Right: Male Light Orange Underwing

Light Orange Underwing

Light Orange Underwing

Heliozela sericiella

Heliozela sericiella

Mompha langiella
 
 
 

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