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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

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Buff-tip very welcome and a much needed wander

Another fairly mediocre catch last night here in Stevenage with just 5 moths turning up to the light.

One species was added to the year list, a chunky Buff-tip, such an incredible looking moth that mimics the end of a cut off Birch twig.

In the afternoon I took an hour walk out to the local wooded field margins and managed to notch up 8 species swept from rather damp grass which wasn't ideal and disturbed from low hanging branches.
I targetted a large Copper Beech in the middle of a field and was rewarded with several of Phyllonorycter maestingella and a single messaniella.
An early Crambus lathoniellus was also nice, I reckon it'll produce a few more species this week as the temperature starts to climb.


Tonight looks fairly mild and importantly still so the trap is out again, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 93.


5 moths of 5 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap min 7c at 5:00am

Catch Report - 02/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts



Macro Moths


Buff-tip 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 1
Common Pug 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1

Daytime Wander - 03/05/20 - Great Ashby field margins - North Herts

Adela reamurella 2
Crambus lathoniellus 1
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1
Elachista rufocinerea 1
Incurvaria masculella 3
Phyllonorycter maestingella 10
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1
Syndemis musculana 1 
 
Buff-tip

Crambus lathoniellus

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Syndemis musculana

Field margin  5 minutes away
 

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