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

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

We keep on trying, during very trying times!

The garden MV trap was out again last night here in Stevenage, and I also popped the Actinic out at work on a timer.
At home, I recorded 7 moths of 7 species, again testament at how poor the return is recently with singles of each species turning up.
This date last year I recorded 30 moths of 19 species! Double the species i've had during the whole of April on just a single night, quite remarkable.
 
Still, it wasn't all bad, with two species added to the year list.

At work, I got a big fat 'why did I bother' .. truly shocking.

The conditions weren't that bad really, slightly milder and breezy and not dipping below 6c.

I'll be back to daytime finds for awhile I think! Roll on Spring... or Summer

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 36.

27/04/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Streamer 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 1 
Double-striped Pug 1
Hebrew Character 1
Nut-tree Tussock 1
 
Micro Moths
  
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 1 
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

Streamer


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