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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.

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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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Friday, 19 June 2020

Field Trip - Gadespring Watercress Beds - 13/06/20

I left a Robinson trap running overnight at one of works fantastic wetland reserves.
 
The day had been warm and humid, but rather windy at times, an the evening was a little blustery with clear spells.
Nevertheless, come the morning there were plenty of moths to look at.
 
I was in a bit of a rush, so just noted a species count.
 
Below are the results.
 
Catch Report - 13/06/20 - Gadespring Watercress Beds - West Herts - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
 
Total : 73 species

Macro Moths

Beautiful Hook-tip
Bright-line Brown-eye
Buff-tip
Burnished Brass
Buttoned Snout
Cinnabar
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common White Wave
Coronet
Coronet
Dark Arches
Double-striped Pug
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Flame
Flame Carpet
Garden Carpet
Ghost Moth
Grass Rivulet
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Leopard Moth
Light Arches
Light Emerald
Marbled Minor
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Rustic
Pale Prominent
Poplar Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shears
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Silver Y
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Clouded Brindle
Smoky Wainscot
Snout
Spectacle
Straw Dot
Treble Lines
Uncertain
White Ermine
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Anania hortulata
Archips podana
Argyresthia goedartella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis spectrana
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora sp TBC
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus perlella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista stabilella
Emmelina monodactyla
Ephestia sp
Epiphyas postvittana
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Metzneria lappella
Notocelia trimaculana/roseocolana
Pandemis cerasana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Udea olivalis

125w MV Robinson Trap overlooking the pond

Clepsis spectrana

Elachista stabilella

Flame Carpet

Garden Carpet

Grass Rivulet

Leopard Moth

Metzneria lappella
 

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