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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.

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Thanks for looking & happy Mothing!

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NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

More lure action at work this time

In the Cemetery where I work in Bishop's Stortford, and not far from my trapping area, we have two medium sized Oak trees which are in line of sight to where I park my car, the Pammene giganteana's caterpillars feed from the Oak tree, and I have a Grapholita molesta lure that seems to attract Pammene giganteana, you can see where i'm going here can't you...

So with the (MOL) lure deployed on my bonnet at 7:30am I would check it intermittently throughout the day.

At 9, I had a quick peek and was very surprised to see one sitting on top of the trap, not only for it's early flight time in the day, but also for the fact that the temperature was barely 7 degrees, cloudy and with a cool breeze making things feel much colder.

I checked again at lunchtime (1pm), and there were a further 4!

From 1pm until hometime at 3:30pm, there were no more.

Trapping at night has been quite poor the last few nights with hardly any variety and with only Small Quaker doing well.

 A nice 'lead-coloured' Clouded Drab was the best of the bunch last night.

 

'Leady' Clouded Drab

4 of the 5 Pammene giganteana

The first one to arrive between 7:30am to 9:00am

Lure deployment area

Pammene giganteana



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