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.
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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Daily dose of netting

Another walk today around my local area to see what I could find, I did a combination of sweeping and using a stick and tapping trees and bushes, sweeping wasn't very productive for moths, but it was nice to see some many bugs in the bottom of the net (I wish I had the time to go through all of these, but i'm a moth man and that is what I tend to concentrate on).

As well as the usual suspects, I added a further 5 yearlisters, very pleasing indeed in just an hour of surveying a local area whilst my son had his nap time!
Cinnabar was the first one, a fleeting glimpse as it got pushed by the wind in the opposite direction of my net, i'll get one another day...probably!

There were literally 10's of Phyllonorycter, I always pack my hand lens to try and differentiate as best as I can out in the field, so i'm not taking countless specimens back home.

Two white Phyllo's looked different so they were taken away for further inspection, and indeed they are two seperate species.
I also netted a pair in copulation from Hazel, I think i've narrowed them down to Phyllonorycter nicellii, flight time and foodplant fits, but these are tricky and need gen-detting.

I'll save the best until last, I specifically targetted a stand of mature Field Maple inbetween two arable fields and on my second tap I dislodged a Tortrix that settled on the underside of a leaf (A very characteristic trait of Tortrix moths I must add).. and then I couldn't believe my eyes, it was one! A lovely Pammene trauniana and the 4th County record for Herts.
I took the first in my garden in 2017, so I know they are around here... this confirms that they must be breeding locally and with a further 2 county records in just over a week, maybe it is having a good year or is it more frequent than we originally thought? 

I hope to get some better photos over the next few days, the light has been tricky and pot shots had to do for some of the Phyllo's

Daytime Wander - 06/05/20 - Great Ashby field margins - Stevenage - North Herts

Adela reamurella 25+
Cinnabar 1
Glyphipterix simpliciella 4
Pammene trauniana 1
Parornix sp 2
Phyllonorycter harrisella 3
Phyllonorycter nicellii 2 (pair in cop)
Phyllonorycter tenerella 1
Pammene trauniana

Phyllonorycter nicellii - Female

Phyllonorycter nicellii - Male

Phyllonorycter harrisella and Phyllonorycter tenerella

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