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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.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Thursday, 18 June 2020

A Herts rarity caught by hand!

I was at work yesterday when I was just taking the keys back to the key safe, and spotted a moth dancing up and down in a slither of sunshine, not knowing what it was I opened my hand and somehow managed to entrap it, well at least I thought I had... I couldn't feel it in my hand at all.

So I went infoors, shut the door and opened my fist, phew! I had got it, and as anticipated it flew straight for the window and was easy to pot.

Upon a quick inspection I couldn't quite decide between Diplodoma laichartingella & Narycia duplicella, the former I get regularly in my garden.

Once home and in better light, it was clear it was indeed, Narycia duplicella.

Only the 6th record for Herts to boot and only the second time I have ever encountered this species (the first was in 2009 at Hatfield Broad Oak in Essex, 11 years ago!).

Narycia duplicella - 17/06/20 - The Box Moor Trust Centre
Narycia duplicella - 04/06/09 - Hatfield Broad Oak


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