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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Fining down after the moth storm!

A few quieter nights recently in the garden moth trap.

On the last night of the month of May, I recorded a rather modest 19 species, 4 of those were new for year.
Pick of those 4 species was a stunning Small Elephant Hawk-moth and only the 4th Hawk of the year here (2 Limes, 1 Poplar and this recent addition). 

Small Elephant Hawk-moth can be abundant in some habitats in Herts. I've found it certainly favours chalky areas.
Just 5 records in my garden over the last 8 years that i've lived here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 201.

125w MV Robinson Trap min 8c at 5:00am 

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 30/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths


Dark Arches 1 [NFY]
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths


Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY]

Aleimma loeflingiana

Dark Arches

Homoeosoma sinuella

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

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