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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

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Garden Catch 24/07/19 - That's more like it!

A much more prolific night was had last Wednesday after highs of 32 degrees and with the temperature not dipping below a heady 20 all night (even under clear skies).

The trap was heaving by 5am and it was hard to get near the trap for the amount of wasps that had also been attracted to it, well over 100. 

Species were fantastic, at least 86 were noted including some scarce species for the garden, namely Dewick's Plusia and Lesser-spotted Pinion. 
Infurcitinea argentimaculella was the pick of the smaller moths, found indoors flying around the patio door, a new moth for the garden list.

The rest of the micros were represented by two of the most common grass moths this time of year, and since there have been oodles of them! Blastobasis adustella being the most prlific with 104 individuals recorded.

I missed out on the usually common first generation of Argyrotaenia ljungiana this year, but luckily found a second generation example clinging to the perspex of the trap.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 364.


Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

24/07/19

Macro Moths

Dewick's Plusia 1 [NFY]
Lesser-spotted Pinion 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]
Straw Underwing 1 [NFY]
White-spotted Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acleris variegana 1 [NFY]
Agriphila straminella 4 [NFY]
Agriphila tristella 2 [NFY]
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia rufipennella 2 [NFY]
Cydia pomonella 1 [NFY]
Epinotia abbreviana 1 [NFY]
Infurcitinea argentimaculella 1 [NFG]
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella 1 [NFY]

Agriphila tristella

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Caloptilia rufipennella

Cydia pomonella

Infurcitinea argentimaculella

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Shaded Broad-bar

Straw Underwing

Dewick's Plusia

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