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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

Sunday, 17 January 2021

First moth to the trap in 2021

After the day-time find of a fresh Emmelina monodactyla, follows a nicely marked Red-green Carpet, how these moths stay so scale perfect over winter is beyond me (Both of these moths are progeny of the Autumn broods).

So far i've had 3 blanks, last night was the first time a moth graced the trap this year, conditions were better and the night started off at around 7c, this morning it had dropped to 4c and there was nothing else found.

There maybe a window of opportunity midweek as night time temperatures hover around high single figures, but brinding rain and wind with it.

Here are the last 8 years of the start of January (upto the 17th for comparison) of the number of species recorded.

2013 - 3
2014 - 3
2015 - 4
2016 - 2
2017 - 3
2018 - 1
2019 - 5
2020 - 9
2021 - 2

So as you can see, 2021 so far is slightly lower overall. As suspected, the first two weeks of 2015, 2019 and 2020 were actually quite dry and mild owing to slightly raised numbers.

16/01/21 - 125w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Red-green Carpet 1 [NFY]
 
 
Moth species for 2021 now stands at 2.
 
Red-green Carpet

 
 
 

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