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, 4 May 2020

Another walk-about

Whilst the weather is favourable I will be using my daily dose of exercise, sweeping grass and tapping trees and bushes for moths.

The garden trap was terrible last night, so I had a lot of making up to do with the paucity of it all at home.

Today I was up against it a bit with a keen wind, luckily I finally found a dense hedgerow out of the wind completely and managed to rustle up a few moths amongst the hoardes of St.Marks flys.. which were making it very difficult to pick out the moths flying out of the bushes!

4 new moths for 2020 were recorded, Glyphipterix simpliciella (I forgot how distinct the zebra like palps were), Notocelia cynosbatella, Silver-ground Carpet and a Stigmella sp which is pending (My guess would be hemargyrella).

So what are you waiting for? Get out there, alright i've had some funny looks dancing around with a net and having been stopped 3 times alone today asking what I was doing.

I've never seen so many people walking aimlessly about at the moment, i'm usually the only one out bar the odd dog walker.

Daytime Wander - 04/05/20 - Great Ashby field margins - North Herts

Adela reamurella 10
Glyphipterix simpliciella 3
Incurvaria masculella 2
Notocelia cynosbatella 1
Phyllonorycter maestingella 2
Silver-ground Carpet 1
Stigmella sp 1

Glyphipterix simpliciella

Glyphipterix simpliciella palps detail

Notocelia cynosbatella

Silver-ground Carpet

Stigmella sp


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