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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

Herts Recent Notables and Rarities Reported

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Catch Report - 14/07/20 - Back Garden

A new garden moth was awaiting me on the 14th of July, the unusual Drepanidae, Scalloped Hook-tip.
Moth species no.745 for the garden and the 5th new macro moth species this year

Also it was nice to record both Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) and Ear Moth. Both scarce species here, notable the Ear Moth (last and first seen in 2015 with just one previous record here).

Also another observation, Agonopterix alstromeriana is typically common out in the field in Spring as it over-winters and comes out of hibernation, but I haven't seen one in Spring for 4 years now, and the new for year examples hatch quite consistently between the 12 and 15th of July here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 376.

Only New For Year Species Reported

125w MV  Robinson Trap min 12c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 14/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


Macro Moths


Ear Moth 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Hook-tip [NFG]

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 [NFY]
Carpatolechia fugitivella 1 [NFY]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFY]

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Ear Moth

Galleria mellonella

Scalloped Hook-tip

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