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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Monday, 25 May 2020

Coleophora conspicuella

Several Coleophora conspicuella cases found today in a new tetrad for Herts (Just North of Ware).
This is a vulnerable moth and is a prdb species (pre red data book species).
It seems to be doing very well in Herts in recent years.

This Moth I added to the County list in 2018, with an adult example from my garden in July, then a week later, another turned up at Ashwell Quarry.
I then found it in the Spring of 2019 at a small grassy site on the edge of an A Road, and it is still doing very well there this year. Today, I ventured about a mile south of that site, and found it on Common Knapweed there. I took one home and it has spun a very fine silk hammock, I hope it hatches safely!
So, if you know a site with Common Knapweed, go and have a look now! See if you can find them on the leaves, they are huge at around 8cm long, the name conspicuella says it all really.

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