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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

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Sunday, 31 January 2021

Weekly Moth Round-up

Last week saw the second & third positive outing for the trap (without sounding too covidy!).

I've tried 6 times and blanked on four occasions, not great at all but I was pleased to record 4 moths in and around the trap on both Wednesday & Thursday nights.

January is tough and i'm looking forward to what February might bring. 

At work, some moths also put in an appearance to my Actinic trap.

The most interesting moth was a tiny Caloptilia species that I potted up after disturbing it whilst litter picking at work. I always make a concerted effort to have a pot on my person, and i'm glad I did!

The moth quite possibly could be my first of the species, Povolnya leucapennella, although it is superficially quite similar to Caloptilia cuculipennella. The moth will be Gen Det very soon to confirm.

 
Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 7.
 
27/01/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - Daytime

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
Agonopterix heracliana sp 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1 

27/01/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap
 
Macro Moths
 
Spring Usher 1
 
27/01/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Pale Brindled Beauty 2 [NFY]
Spring Usher 2 [NFY] 
 
28/01/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap
 
Macro Moths
 
Spring Usher 1 

Micro Moths
 
Agonopterix heracliana sp 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
 
28/01/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Chestnut 2 [NFY]
 
Micro Moths
 
Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFY]
Agonopterix heracliana sp 1 [NFY]  
 
29/01/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - Daytime
 
Caloptilia sp 1 [TBC] 
 
New trapping area at work

Actinic trap used at work with new larger rain shield

Acleris schalleriana

Agonopterix heracliana sp

Povolnya leucapennella possibly

Chestnut

Pale Brindled Beauty

Safely in the pot... the Caloptilia sp

Spring Usher at home

Spring Usher at work

 

 
 

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