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!


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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Monday, 15 May 2017

Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella? Hatches from a Honeysuckle mine

I collected what looked like a mine from a Honeysuckle bush nearby where I live and popped it in a tub on the slim chance that something may emerge.
It was my lucky day on Saturday as after my daily morning routine of sorting the trap catch out first, I then move onto the tubs of mines and larvae and to change food etc.
To my amazement a Phyllonorycter had emerged and after some tricky macro photography and then subsequently losing the leaf that had the mine in because of the windy conditions, it seems to be Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella, a new moth for me.
I am hoping this one can be gen det as it is now with my County Recorder, but there aren't many species that it can be with the 3 solid transversal bands.

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