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

Saturday, 5 September 2020

August Roundup - Garden report

August, in general was a funny old month. It started average temperature wise in the low to mid 20's and then by the second week we had 5 days of 30+ peaking at around 35 degrees on the 7th.

Night time temperatures were unbearable for sleeping, with at least 7 nights on a trot where the temperature did not drop below 18 degrees, in fact the warmest night was 22.5c on the 11th. 

I cannot remember it being +20c at night for such an extended period of time before.

The catches were rather sporadic and naturally went mad when it was warm, but there was a huge decrease in numbers of common species, in fact new for year species literally dried up at towards the end of August after the hot spell, and I went a full 6 trapping efforts not seeing any new species, this is most unusual.

But, it wasn't all bad. With 6 new species for the garden, pretty darn good after 8 years of trapping here.

We start on the 31st of July, the night before the month of August started.

Below are all of the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 460.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

30/07/20

Barred Hook-tip
Common Wainscot
Flounced Rustic
Least Yellow Underwing
Waved Black
Gelechia senticetella

01/08/20

Gypsy Moth [New Garden Moth no.747]
Mouse Moth
Phoenix
White-point
Agriphila tristella
Epinotia ramella
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phyllonorycter geniculella

02/08/20

Marbled Beauty
Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Bryotropha affinis
Eucosma campoliliana
Pammene regiana

04/08/20

Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella
Ypsolopha sylvella

05/08/20

Pammene aurita
Ypsolopha sequella

06/08/20

Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza

07/08/20

Caloptilia falconipennella [New Garden Moth no.748]

08/08/20

Old Lady
Rosy Rustic
Wormwood Pug
Aglossa pinguinalis [New Garden Moth no.749]
Agriphila geniculea
Cedestis gysseleniella [New Garden Moth no.750]
Mompha raschkiella

09/08/20

Clay Triple-lines
Pretty Chalk Carpet [New Garden Moth no.751]
Pyralis farinalis

10/08/20

Oak Processionary
Plain Pug [New Garden Moth no.752]
Argyresthia bonnetella
Epinotia nisella
Pyrausta despicata

12/08/20

Hoary Footman
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Ypsolopha alpella

13/08/20

Orange Swift
Cochylis dubitana
Elophila nymphaeata

15/08/20

Frosted Orange
Agriphila straminella
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cydia amplana
Udea ferrugalis

16/08/20

Currant Pug
Catoptria falsella

20/08/20

Dewick's Plusia

21/08/20

Centre-barred Sallow

22/08/20

Monopis weaverella

Aglossa pinguinalis

Caloptilia falconipennella

Cochylis dubitana

Cydia amplana

Dewick's Plusia

Elophila nymphaeata

Gypsy Moth

Waved Black


 

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