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

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

An extra new for year at home, and a nice surprise at work - 17/03/21

Last night I ran both a trap at home (125w Clear MV Robinson Trap) and a trap at work (twin 15w Actinic/Synergetic combo + 40w Actinic Trap).

Both traps had very little moths in and around, mostly Quaker's and Hebrew's with the abscence of any Drab's this morning.

Pick of the catch at home was a year first Agonopterix alstromeriana, a common moth here but always nicely coloured.

At work, I instantly spotted a thin almost straw-like moth sitting behind the trap and was very pleased to pot up and photograph the Spindle feeding Ypsolopha mucronella.

This is an uncommon moth for my records, this being only my 5th in 15 years of trapping, very pleased.

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Ypsolopha mucronella

 

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