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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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Mines on Bramble

I checked several of the Bramble bushes that I have let grow for the benefit of wildlife and every year I note quite a few white squiggles on nearly every leaf.
This is of course the mines of the micro-moth Stigmella aurella that the larvae create when feeding from within the leaf itself.
I also noticed a different shaped white mine for which I didn't initially recognise so I took a photo of it and got it confirmed as the larval workings of Emmetia marginea, a moth I have recorded in the garden twice in 2014.
Both were added to the micro-moth list as larvae and increase the yearly list of micro moths to 15.

Emmetia marginea - Verso

Emmetia marginea - Recto

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