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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.

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, 24 March 2020

Mompha jurassicella to EMP lure!

Today, I popped the EMP lure out for the Emperor Moth... a little early, but with light warmish winds and the warmest day of the year here at 17 degrees I thought I may as well try.

Nothing unfortunately, but there was what looked like a fly flitting about the lure in the sunshine. As I got nearer, it was clear that is was a moth from the way that it was flying.
It was to be a year first Mompha jurassicella, a recent colonist in my garden here in Stevenage and previously quite rare in the County.
I have now recorded it four years in a row, usually in the daytime as it seldom comes to light here. 

The trap last night yielded just 3 moths, 1 each of Hebrew Character, Common Quaker & Clouded Drab.

The trap is on again tonight, but the temperature has alreasy dropped again sadly.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 25.

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Mompha jurassicella

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