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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Saturday, 9 May 2020

A very pleasing catch

Trying to catch up after 2 successful trapping nights back to back, a third may be on the cards tonight, and then it is down to really cold weather for this time of year!

Today currently it is 25 degrees and probably rising.

Highlight of  Thursday night was finally bagging a Muslin Moth, after countless people reported catching unprecedented amounts in the County, I struggled to catch one!

Both Clouded Border & Pale Prominent were back after last year's absense.

The variety is increasing here each night, and last night was even better (post to follow when time allows).

I also had an hour walk during the heat of the day and really struggled to find anything new in my area, I concentrated on sweeping and tapping trees, but it was hard going. Were the moths skulking away in the woods away from the heat? Who knows.
I did however net are rather smart Elachista argentella, again another moth that isn't on my garden list.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 99.

28 moths of 17 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap min 9c at 5:00am

Catch Report - 07/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts 


Macro Moths

Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Clouded Border 1 [NFY]
Latticed Heath 1 [NFY]
Muslin Moth 1 [NFY]
Pale Prominent 1 [NFY]

Brimstone Moth 1
Brindled Pug 2
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1 (melanic)
Oak Nycteoline 1
Scorched Carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Micro Moths


Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 8
Tachystola acroxantha 1





Nut-tree Tussock

Muslin Moth

Oak Nycteoline

Latticed Heath

Elachista argentella

Clouded Border

Pale Prominent

Chinese Character

Another pic of the gorgeous Pammene trauniana

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