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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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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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Garden Catch 20/07/18 - Micro's run the show

Micro's ruled the catch on the 20th of July, with no new Macro's added to the garden list at all.

Isotrias rectifasciana was a great moth for the garden list. I did see plenty a few weeks before beating hedgerows, more than i've ever seen before so perhaps it's had a good year.

A very early Acleris cristana was very nice to see, such a pretty little variable moth with many forms. These usually appear in August for my typically. 
Another early species was Ypsolpha scabrella, my earliest by two weeks. 
It's worth bearing in mind that the two species mentioned above can over-winter! 

A pale Phycitodes species was checked by Graeme Smith and confirmed that it was just binaevella, still not a common moth for my garden, this being only my fourth record.

The weather continues to be warm and fine.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 408.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 20/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

No new Macro's for the year!

Micro Moths

Isotrias rectifasciana [NFG]
Acleris cristana
Crambus perlella
Nephopterix angustella
Parachronistis albiceps
Phycitodes binaevella - Gen Det
Ypsolopha scabrella

Acleris cristana

Tuft close-up, incredible really

Crambus perlella f.warringtonellus

Isotrias rectifasciana

Nephopterix angustella

Parachronistis albiceps

Phycitodes binaevella

Ypsolopha scabrella

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