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

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Monday, 27 April 2020

A record April species count


19 species were recorded in my small garden last night, 2 more than my best previous catch in April. What's more, a magnificient 8 were new for the year! Crazy for here and a great show of micros early to the trap before 10pm.

Lovely to also get a Lime Hawk-moth, my first Hawk this year. The photo really doesn't do it justice on how green it is.

A very dark Argyrotaenia ljungiana was in mint condition along with a pair of Tachystola acroxantha.

I also attracted my earliest Heart & Dart by 16 days, every year they have been getting a couple of days earlier, this being the biggest jump.

All moths were potted up and walked a few hundred metres from my garden along the bridlepath so hopefully I won't re-catch any of them.

I would have a night off, but the weather looks pretty good if not warmer and with actual cloud for once, traps on!

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 89.

30 moths of 19 species to 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 6.2c at 5:30am

Catch Report - 26/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths


Angle Shades 1 [NFY]
Common Pug 1 [NFY]
Heart & Dart 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Waved Umber 1
Brindled Pug 3
Double-striped Pug 1
Frosted Green 1
Least Black Arches 1
Nut-tree Tussock 5
Pebble Prominent 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFY]
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1 [NFY]
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFY]
Tachystola acroxantha 2 [NFY]

Adela reamurella 1 (in the trap)
Emmelina monodactlya 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Esperia sulphurella 2 (daytime)


Angle Shades

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Common Pug

Heart & Dart

Lime Hawk-moth

Tachystola acroxantha

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