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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!

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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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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Saturday, 27 February 2021

A closer look at a tiny white micro-moth

I got round to trying to photograph the Linford Christie of moths today.
Since Thursday, the moth hasn't stopped running around the pot, and even when I gently tipped it onto a piece of bark background, it was off on it's merry way again striding out for the finish line.
Thankfully, an old trick I use, and with the camera already manually focused on the approximate area that the moth was situated in, I blew on the moth. For maybe 2 seconds I had time to get a shot that would need quite a bit of cropping!

Here it is, Phyllocnistis unipunctella, a new moth for me. 

This species has been known to over-winter (hence the early flight time). The warm weather probably woke it up...
I can only assume that the moth itself came from the row of mature Black Poplar's along Cemetrary Road in Bishop's Stortford (Which use to, and may still have, a healthy population of Hornet Moths).
 
Phyllocnistis unipunctella

 


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